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Richard Prince

Private Listing , 1999

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About the artist

Richard Prince

Richard Prince (born 1949) is recognized and renowned for his use of appropriated images in his artwork, seen by many as the pioneer of Appropriation Art. Originally born in the Panama Canal Zone, Prince moved to Massachusetts with his family in 1954. After being rejected from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973, Prince relocated to New York City where he began working a slew of odd jobs- the most influential being at Time Inc. where he worked with magazine tear sheets. Prince became fascinated with the magazine images and began juxtaposing them against others and rephotographing them. This process of assemblage evolved in the 1980s through utilizing grids of images called “gangs” that centered around a certain motif or cultural theme commonly found in mass media, one of his most famous series being Cowboys which took photos from Marlboro ad campaigns. Prince also began incorporating text into his work during this time, his Jokes series displaying appropriated and ironic jokes. After his first solo show in New York City in 1980, the Whitney Museum of American Art put on a solo exhibition of his work, helping to break his career into the mainstream. Prince’s career has been defined by his mining of images from mass media, advertisements, and entertainment. He decontextualizes these images to highlight notions of consumer culture and authorship, which has in turn invited a number of lawsuits and controversy. Despite this, Prince continues to be celebrated in the art world for his thought provoking assemblages that prod questions surrounding pop culture and ownership. His art is held in the public collections around the globe including the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

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