Richard Prince, ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’, 1983, Joyce Varvatos

Signature: Signed

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern, Leila Heller Gallery, New York
2014
Richard Prince ' New Figures ', Almine Rech, Paris
2013
Richard Prince: Cowboys, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2012
Richard Prince: Four Saturdays, Gagosian, New York
2012

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Richard Prince ' New Figures ', Almine Rech, Paris
2013
Richard Prince: Cowboys, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2012
Richard Prince: Four Saturdays, Gagosian, New York
2012
2011
Richard Prince, Gagosian
2011
2010

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
The Times, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2016
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern, Leila Heller Gallery, New York
2016
In Different Ways, Almine Rech, London
2015
Von Bildern. Strategien der Aneignung, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2014
Deliverance, Brant Foundation, Greenwich
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