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  • 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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Black Jokes portfolio: three prints

1992
Three etchings with drypoint, photoetching and aquatint, on Somerset Satin paper, with full margins,
all I. 11 x 16 in (27.9 x 40.6 cm);
all S. 18 x 21 5/8 in (45.7 x 54.9 cm)

all signed and numbered 7/40 and 5/40 (two) in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Edition Julie Sylvester, New York, all with minor soiling in the margins, otherwise all in very good condition, all contained in original black linen-covered folder with embossed cover (surface soiling).

Estimate
$6,000 - 9,000 

Evening & Day Editions

31 October & 1 November 2012
New York