Richard Prince - New Now London Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1997)
    Sotheby's, New York, 24 September 2009, lot 100
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst; Zurich, Kunsthalle; Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum, Richard Prince, Paintings, 8 December 2001 - 28 July 2002, p. 175 (p. 15, illustrated)
    Geneva, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Faces, May - July 2006

  • 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 (Taco Bell)

signed and dated 'Richard Prince 1993' lower right
ballpoint pen, pencil, collage and charcoal on paper
76.4 x 56.2 cm (30 1/8 x 22 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1993.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £18,900

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New Now

London Auction 8 December 2022