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  • Provenance

    Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's New York, 12 May 2016, lot 480
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Prince

    American • 1947

    For more than three decades, Prince's universally celebrated practice has pursued the subversive strategy of appropriating commonplace imagery and themes – such as photographs of quintessential Western cowboys and "biker chicks," the front covers of nurse romance novellas, and jokes and cartoons – to deconstruct singular notions of authorship, authenticity and identity.

    Starting his career as a member of the Pictures Generation in the 1970s alongside such contemporaries as Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Sherrie Levine, Prince is widely acknowledged as having expanded the accepted parameters of art-making with his so-called "re-photography" technique – a revolutionary appropriation strategy of photographing pre-existing images from magazine ads and presenting them as his own. Prince's practice of appropriating familiar subject matter exposes the inner mechanics of desire and power pervading the media and our cultural consciousness at large, particularly as they relate to identity and gender constructs.

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signed and dated 'R Prince 2010' on the overlap
paper collage and acrylic on canvas
163 x 139.7 cm (64 1/8 x 54 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2010.

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Words Are Deeds

London Selling Exhibition 11 July – 25 August 2017