Richard Prince, ‘Good Nurse’, 2007, Phillips

Case: 17 x 15 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (43.2 x 40 x 47 cm)
All sheet: 17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm)
12 framed

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 Nurse and Country Nurse

Signature: Harbor Nurse signed in pencil and all annotated `E' on a label affixed to the reverse of each print (from the edition of 26 lettered prints and 5 artist's proofs)

Publisher: Two Palms Press, New York

About Richard Prince

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 “Cowboys” series, for example, started in the early 1980s, he re-photographed Marlboro ads, cropping out text to generate close-ups of mythical cowboy figures. His “Nurse” works—first exhibited in 2003—were produced by scanning the covers of pulp paperbacks, transferring them to canvas, and painting over the prints. An avid collector of American subcultures, Prince has also turned his eye to biker chicks, Borscht Belt jokes, and Willem de Kooning canvases. “I don’t see any difference now between what I collect and what I make,” he says. “It’s become the same.”

American, b. 1949, Panama Canal Zone, based in New York, New York