Richard Prince - Photographs New York Monday, July 13, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Wyoming
    Phillips, New York, 4 April 2016, lot 80

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Prince takes as his landscape what he finds at the corner newsstand. Using popular magazines, he travels the psyche of America in the two-dimensional space of the reproduced images it consumes – and is consumed by: representations of American lifestyle, objects of desire, and blurred characters in a sort of fictional world." Corinne Diserens and Vicente Todolí, Spiritual America: 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 (Cowboy)

Ektacolor print.
16 x 23 7/8 in. (40.6 x 60.6 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 2/2 in ink on the verso.

$200,000 - 300,000 

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New York Auction 13 July 2020