Richard Prince - Under the Influence New York Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
    Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Nice, Museé D'Art Moderne et D'Art Contemporain, Collage de 20è siècle, October 11- November 24, 1991

  • Catalogue Essay

    Text reads: 'It was New Year's Eve, and the house was brightly decorated with springs of holly and mistletoe. Only the clicking of Grandma's knitting needles broke the silence. The children, Polly, eight, and Janice, six, were seated before the roaring fireplace leafing through a picture book. Then they rose and went over to Grandma's rocker. Polly climbed up on the arm of the chair, and Janice snuggled into Grandma's warm lap.

    "Tell us a story, Grandma," Janice pleaded.

    "Oh," said the old lady putting aside her knitting and wrapping her arms around the children, "what should I tell you?"

    Little Polly's voice came gently, "Tell us about the time you were a whore in Chicago."'

  • 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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acrylic, silkscreen, spray enamel, and collage on paper
20 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (52.7 x 49.5 cm)
Signed and dated "R Prince 88" lower right.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $43,750

Under the Influence

20 September 2012
New York