Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    R. Prince, Richard Prince: Adult Comedy Action Drama, Zürich-Berlin-New York, pp. 8, 78, 100, and 124 (other examples illustrated); R. Prince and T. Kawachi, ed.s, 4 x 4: Richard Prince, Kyoto, 1997, p. 77 (one work illustrated); D. Aaronson, ed., Photography Transformed: The Metropolitan Bank & Trust Collection, New York, 2002, p. 247, no.s 186-189 (other examples 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 works from Adult Comedy Action Drama

Four C-prints.
19 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (49.5 x 31.4 cm) each.
Each signed and dated "R. Prince 1995" and numbered of five right margin.  These works are each from an edition of five.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,000

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York