Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Skarstedt Fine Art, Richard Prince: Photographs 1977-1979, February 21 - April 20, 2001 (another example exhibited)
    Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Richard Prince, Photographs, December 8, 2001 - February 24, 2002 (another example exhibited)
    Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Richard Prince: Principal. Gemälde und Fotografien 1977-2001, April 27 - July 28, 2002 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    R. Prince, Richard Prince: Photographs 1977-1979, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, 2001, pp. 137-138 (another example illustrated)
    B. Bürgi, Richard Prince: Photographs, Ostfildern-Ruit, New York, 2002, pp. 8-9 (another example illustrated)
    R. Brooks, J. Rian, and L. Sante, Richard Prince, London, New York, 2003, p. 9 (another example 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 (Cigarettes)

set of two Ektacolor photographs
each: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Each signed, numbered, and dated "R Prince 1979 2/10" on the reverse. This work is number two from an edition of ten.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $96,100

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York