Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gladstone Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, London
    Skarstedt Fine Art, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Skarstedt Fine Art, Richard Prince: Early Photographs 1977-1979, February 21 - April 20, 2001
    Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Richard Prince: Photographs, December 8, 2001 - February 24, 2002
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Richard Prince: Spiritual America, September 28, 2007 - January 9, 2008, then traveled to Minneapolis, Walker Art Center (March 22 - June 15, 2008), London, Serpentine Gallery (June 26 - September 27, 2008)
    Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Richard Prince: American Prayer, March 29 - June 26, 2011

  • Literature

    Richard Prince: Early Photographs 1977-1979, exh. cat., Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, 2001, pp. 4-5 (illustrated)
    Richard Prince: Photographs, exh. cat., Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, 2001, pp. 11-13, no. 12 (illustrated)
    R. Brooks, J. Rian, Richard Prince, New York: Phaidon, 2003, pp. 100-01 (illustrated)
    Richard Prince: Spiritual America, exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008, pp. 62-63 (illustrated)
    Richard Prince: American Prayer, exh. cat., Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 2011, p. 106 (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 (Pens)

Ektacolor photographs, in 4 parts
each 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered "Richard Prince 1979 3/10" on the reverse; further initialed and numbered "RP 3/10" on each sheet. This work is numbered 3 from an edition of 10.

$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for $245,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Day Sale 15 May 2015 11am