Richard Prince (b. 1949) – American painter and photographer, father of Appropriation Art
Signed in ink lower right ‘Prince’
Created for the exhibition, “Richard Prince: Cowboys” at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, February 21 – April 6, 2013
Acquired directly from the Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, a very limited number of hand-signed prints of this image were offered
Dimensions: 41 ¾ x 32 2/5 in. (106 x 82.3 cm.)
Very good condition
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Acquired from the above by present owner
During the early 1980s, Richard Prince began re-photographing magazine ads featuring the Marlboro Man; this resulted in a series of Cowboy works, of which Untitled (Cowboys) is one. In appropriating these images, Prince draws attention to the way in which the identity and history of this American icon and the American West have been meticulously constructed for the buy-in of the American consumer.
Richard Prince (American, b. 1949)
Widely regarded as the father of Appropriation Art, American painter and photographer Richard Prince’s works have provoked controversy around the issues of copyright in the art world. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Prince grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York in 1977, where he began creating works based on various pop culture images taken from magazines and newspaper, often re-photographing and manipulating the images. In the 1980s, Prince began has iconic Cowboys series, appropriating images from Marlboro ad campaigns. From there he shifted his interest from images to text, as evident in his Jokes series which displayed appropriated jokes in ironic works. In 2007, Prince’s work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. His work can be found in the permanent collections of major institutions worldwide, including Tate Britain, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum Basel; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Prince currently lives and works in Upstate New York.
In overall good condition.
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