Richard Prince - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips

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  • "I have always liked de Kooning’s Women paintings. It started off with a book of his, And I just started drawing on it… after I did the books, I started to make collages. So, it’d be like one of his women on the left, and one of my men on the right… You know, it’s just kind of a new way of dealing with the figure, this idea of the photographic part and the drawing part fused together."
    —Richard Prince

    • Provenance

      Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
      Douglas S. Cramer Collection (acquired from the above)
      Christie's, New York, November 14, 2012, lot 51
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • 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 (de Kooning)

signed and dated "R. Prince 2006" on the reverse
acrylic and inkjet on canvas
73 x 52 in. (185.4 x 132.1 cm)
Executed in 2006.

Full Cataloguing

$350,000 - 450,000 

Sold for $403,200

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021