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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    In a joke painting, Prince both spaces and times the material across the canvas, sometimes making it repeat and stutter in that tough, blank place, until it begins to do the painting’s act too. It’s working the room, the canvas. It’s hard to say if the painting is ripping off the material or if it’s the other way around. And what we are tempted to call the comic timing of the painting has to do with the way the material takes over the surface, sometimes bombing and sometimes knocking it dead.
    V.Pecoil, R. Prince and H.B. Ueland eds., Richard Prince, Canaries in the Goldmine, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2006 p.123

  • 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 (Joke - I never had a penny to my name, so I changed my name...)

1987
Silkscreen on canvas.
24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm).
Signed, numbered of five and dated “R Prince 1987” on the reverse. This work is from an edition of five.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £120,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm
London