Richard Prince, ‘Untitled (Jawbone)’, 2016, Alpha 137 Gallery

From pastiche to complete appropriation, Richard Prince’s notorious practice incorporates both popular images and cultural objects, creating works such as this image of a sculptural collage “Untitled (Jawbone),” instigating controversy and questions of authorship. Stating “I see no difference between what I collect and what I create,” Prince’s work raises concerns of ownership, increasingly relevant given the dominance of photography, and which he exploits in his instagram series. “Untitled (Jawbone)” was the poster image for a performance by The Glenn Branca Ensemble’s “The Third Ascension” hosted at the Kitchen in New York City (2016).

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Signature: Signed and numbered on verso; excellent condition; never framed.

Richard Prince created this edition to help raise funds a NYC charity. This work was acquired directly from the charity ("The Kitchen" )- which sold out of the entire edition almost immediately.

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