Richard Prince - Under the Influence New York Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York, acquired directly from the artist in 1985

  • Exhibited

    Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, EMOTION: Young British and American Art from the Goetz Collection, October 1998 - January 1999 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    EMOTION: Young British and American Art from the Goetz Collection, exh. cat., Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 1998, p. 161 (illustrated)
    R. Prince, Spiritual America, exh. cat., Valencia, 1989, p. 403 (detail illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “At the end of the day, all I was left with was the advertising images, and it became my subject.” Richard Prince, 2005

  • 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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Untitled (Cowboy)

chromogenic print
image 23 1/2 x 16 in. (59.7 x 40.6 cm)
sheet 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)

Signed, lettered and dated "R Prince e 1985" on the reverse. This work is letter E from an edition of 26 lettered A-Z.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $81,250

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Under the Influence

New York Auction 4 March 2015 11am