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Richard Prince

Cowboys and Girlfriends, 1992

Ektacolor Photograph / Edition of 26 (A-Z).
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
$20,000
Ships from Orange, CA, US
Free shipping worldwide
location
Los Angeles, Orange
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Provenance
Mark Moore Fine Art
Los Angeles, Orange
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This same work from this edition was sold at auction at Phillips in 2002 for $35,800. USD and …

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This same work from this edition was sold at auction at Phillips in 2002 for $35,800. USD and Untitled (Cowboy) from Cowboys and Girlfriends, 1992 was sold for $68,750. Photographs on 1 April 2014.

Another work from this edition series "Untitled (Cowboy)" was sold for $71,760. on June 26, 2014 at auction.

Series
The entire portfolio consisted of set of fourteen ektacolor photographs, on Kodak Professional paper, with full margins, 25 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (64.1 x 54 cm) all signed with initials in black ball point pen on the reverse, signed, dated `1992’ and lettered `I' in white ink on the inside back cover of the portfolio (the edition was 26 lettered A-Z and 8 artist's proofs), published by Patrick Painter Editions, Hong Kong, all in very good condition, contained in original black linen-covered portfolio box with embossed title. Richard Prince began his career in the early 1970s as a figurative painter, but soon abandoned this practice for photography. Along with a generation of artists that included Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, and Cindy Sherman, Prince took conceptual photography to another level in the 1980s, directly appropriating materials from mass culture for use in his work. His best-known photographs were deadpan images he rephotographed from such sources as watch advertisements, New Yorker cartoons, and hot-rod and surfer publications. This redefinition of art and photography raised important questions about the ownership of public images, the location of the author, and the nature of invention itself. In Cowboys and Girlfriends, Prince explores pervasive images from American culture. The works on view here relate to two larger series of photographs he made in the 1980s. The archetypal cowboy images, though cropped, are reproduced facsimiles of originals from Marlboro advertisements. The artist began rephotographing them after the company became the target of an antismoking campaign and was forced to stop using its famous model, the Marlboro Man. In Prince's rendition, this "true American" is ironically turned from a hero into a survivor. The Girlfriends pictures in this series are appropriated from ads placed by women in biker magazines. Rephotographed by the artist and enlarged, the womens’ self-portraits reveal a fascinating commentary on gender, self-promotion, and the culture of desire.
Framed
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and Numbered Verso
Condition details
In Excellent Condition
Richard Prince
American, b. 1949
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Though the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal” is traditionally attributed to Pablo …

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Though the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal” is traditionally attributed to Pablo Picasso, it could well be Richard Prince’s motto. Prince mines mass-media images to redefine concepts of ownership and authorship, a practice he conceived of while working in the tear-sheets department of Time-Life. In his …

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Mark Moore Fine Art
Los Angeles, Orange
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This same work from this edition was sold at auction at Phillips in 2002 for $35,800. USD and …

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This same work from this edition was sold at auction at Phillips in 2002 for $35,800. USD and Untitled (Cowboy) from Cowboys and Girlfriends, 1992 was sold for $68,750. Photographs on 1 April 2014.

Another work from this edition series "Untitled (Cowboy)" was sold for $71,760. on June 26, 2014 at auction.

Series
The entire portfolio consisted of set of fourteen ektacolor photographs, on Kodak Professional paper, with full margins, 25 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (64.1 x 54 cm) all signed with initials in black ball point pen on the reverse, signed, dated `1992’ and lettered `I' in white ink on the inside back cover of the portfolio (the edition was 26 lettered A-Z and 8 artist's proofs), published by Patrick Painter Editions, Hong Kong, all in very good condition, contained in original black linen-covered portfolio box with embossed title. Richard Prince began his career in the early 1970s as a figurative painter, but soon abandoned this practice for photography. Along with a generation of artists that included Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, and Cindy Sherman, Prince took conceptual photography to another level in the 1980s, directly appropriating materials from mass culture for use in his work. His best-known photographs were deadpan images he rephotographed from such sources as watch advertisements, New Yorker cartoons, and hot-rod and surfer publications. This redefinition of art and photography raised important questions about the ownership of public images, the location of the author, and the nature of invention itself. In Cowboys and Girlfriends, Prince explores pervasive images from American culture. The works on view here relate to two larger series of photographs he made in the 1980s. The archetypal cowboy images, though cropped, are reproduced facsimiles of originals from Marlboro advertisements. The artist began rephotographing them after the company became the target of an antismoking campaign and was forced to stop using its famous model, the Marlboro Man. In Prince's rendition, this "true American" is ironically turned from a hero into a survivor. The Girlfriends pictures in this series are appropriated from ads placed by women in biker magazines. Rephotographed by the artist and enlarged, the womens’ self-portraits reveal a fascinating commentary on gender, self-promotion, and the culture of desire.
Framed
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and Numbered Verso
Condition details
In Excellent Condition
Richard Prince
American, b. 1949
Follow

Though the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal” is traditionally attributed to Pablo …

Read more

Though the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal” is traditionally attributed to Pablo Picasso, it could well be Richard Prince’s motto. Prince mines mass-media images to redefine concepts of ownership and authorship, a practice he conceived of while working in the tear-sheets department of Time-Life. In his …

Read more

Richard Prince

Cowboys and Girlfriends, 1992

Ektacolor Photograph / Edition of 26 (A-Z).
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
$20,000
Ships from Orange, CA, US
Free shipping worldwide
location
Los Angeles, Orange
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