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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    The images appearing in this Gang are the source for the artist's 1987-88 Ektacolor print Boyfriends.  The artist's notes to himself on how the men would be arranged in Boyfriends appear, barely legible, hovering between cogent direction and pure design. 

  • 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 (Gang)

1989
C-print with china marker and acrylic spraypaint. 
48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.8 cm).
This work is a unique artist's proof. 

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York