Richard Prince - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leo Koenig Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Düsseldorf, Kunstverein; San Fransisco Museum of Art and Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beunigen, Richard Prince, May 1992-November 1993, p. 61 (another example illustrated)
    Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Richard Prince, Photographs, December 2001 - February 2002, p. 11 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Luc Sante, Richard Prince, New York, 2003, p. 100 (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 (Pen)

signed and numbered "R Prince 2/10" on the reverse
Ektacolor photograph
image 15 5/8 x 23 3/8 in. (39.7 x 59.4 cm.)
sheet 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 60.9 cm.)

Executed in 1979, this work is number 2 from an edition of 10.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $33,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 November 2016