Richard Prince - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Two Palms Press, New York

  • Exhibited


  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Harbor Nurse, City Hospital Nurse, Man's Nurse, Young Nurse, Nurse Craig, Lesbo Nurse, The Nurse Knows Best, Hollywood Nurse, Eleven Blue Men, Bachelor Nurse, Island Nurse, Nurse in Danger, Nurse Hilary, Nurses Dormitory, Cindy Very Private Nurse, Lesbian Nurse, Nurse in Love, Emergency Nurst and Country Nurse.
    "I think appropriation has to do with the inability of the author/artist to like his or her own work. Especially if the work is all theirs. I think it's a lot more satisfying to appropriate, especially if you are attempting to produce work with a certain believability, an official fiction let's say. If you take someone else's work and call it your own, you don't have to ask an audience ‘to take my word for it'".(Richard Prince, 1978, taken from
    I'm painting nurses, I like their hats. Their aprons. Their shoes. My mother was a nurse. My sister was a nurse. My grand-mother was a nurse and two cousins were nurses. I collect 'nurse' books. Paperbacks. You can't miss them. They're all over the airport. I like the word 'nurse', 'nurses', 'nursing', I'm recovering. (Richard Prince in an interview conducted for 'Like a Beautiful Scar On Your Head' in Modern Painters Special American Issue, Autumn, 2002, Volume 15, No.3)

  • 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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Good Nurse

The complete set of 19 collages with offset lithography in colors, hand-painting and handcutting on wove paper, all with full margins, in a natural wood vitrine with uv-Plexiglas top, including a variable nurse cap. Published by Two Palms, New York, all in excellent condition, the prints contained in a drawer at the base of the vitrine, including a natural wood stand and original crate to house the vitrine.

Each: 43.2 x 35.6 cm. (17 x 14 in). Vitrine: 43.5 x 40 x 47.3 cm. (17 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 18 5/8 in).
 This work is from an edition of twenty-six plus four printer's proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm