Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 14, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, May 1 - July 12, 1992; Düsseldorf, Kunstverein, December 4 - January 20, 1993; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, April 29 - July 25, 1993; Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Richard Prince, October 3 - November 27, 1993

  • Literature

    J. G. Ballard and R. Prince, Spiritual America, Valencia, 1989, p. 83 (illustrated); L. Phillips, Richard Prince, New York, 1992, pp. 56-57 (illustrated)

  • 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 (from Sunsets)


Ektacolor print.

30 x 48 in. (76.2 x 121.9 cm) paper size.

Signed and dated “Richard Prince 1981” and numbered of five on the reverse of the backing board. This work is from an edition of five.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

14 May 2010
New York