Richard Prince - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
    Sotheby's, New York, March 7, 2013, lot 124
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Richard Prince: Photographs, December 8, 2001 - February 24, 2002, p. 173 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Richard Prince, Spiritual America, New Haven, 1989, p. 102 (another example illustrated)
    Bernard Mendes Bürgi, ed. Richard Prince: Photographs, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, 2002 (illustrated)
    Rosetta Brooks, Jeff Rian, and Luc Sante, Richard Prince, London, 2003, p. 92 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “When I put the Gangs up, people really started to get it. I think because the subject matter changed. Rather than being about a section of a magazine, the gangs were about an entire magazine. It was all in one place—the white of the photographic paper became a wall—the frame itself became an object.” - Richard Prince

  • 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 (Men's Torsos)

Ektacolor photograph
87 x 46 in. (221 x 116.8 cm)
Signed, numbered and dated "Richard Prince 2/2 1987-88" on the reverse.
This work is number 2 from an edition of 2 plus 1 artist's proof.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $81,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 May 2016