Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica
    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Santa Monica, Patrick Painter Inc, Richard Prince New Works,
    19 January – 9 March 2002

  • Literature

    Modern Painters, Special American Issue, Autumn 2002, p. 75 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I’m not so funny. I like it when other people are funny. It’s hard being funny. Being funny is a way to survive. It’s like that joke, Jewish Man to his Friend: ‘If I live I’ll see you Wednesday. If I don’t I’ll see you Thursday’. None of them are mine. I get them from magazines, books, the internet. Sometimes from the inside of a bank. You know they’re just like blueprints that float around the sky and show up on a cloud. Sometimes I buy them from other criminals. People tell them to me. Ministers. Rabbis. Priests. Once I saw one in the washing machine spinning around getting clean.” (Interview with Richard Prince, ‘Like a Beautiful Scar on your Head’, Modern Painters, Special American Issue, Autumn 2002, p. 68)

  • 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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My Funny Valentine

Acrylic on silkscreen frame.
219.5 × 175 cm (86 3/8 × 68 7/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘Richard Prince 2001’ on the stretcher and further signed and dated ‘Richard Prince 2001’ on the reverse.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £181,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

16 February 2012