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Richard Prince

Untitled (Protest Painting), 1990

Pencil and silkscreen on canvas, in 5 parts
38 2/5 × 18 3/10 in
97.5 × 46.4 cm
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Phillips

Property from a Private Collection, Florida

From the Catalogue: "In contrast to the formulaic …

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Property from a Private Collection, Florida

From the Catalogue: "In contrast to the formulaic design of the earlier monochrome Joke Paintings, in the Protest Paintings we see Prince’s full creative involvement. Carefully assembling different segments of canvas to form the symbolic crossbow shape of the protest …

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Signed and dated "R. Prince 1990" on the reverse
Richard Prince
American, b. 1949
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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 “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.”

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About the work
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P
Phillips

Property from a Private Collection, Florida

From the Catalogue: "In contrast to the formulaic …

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Property from a Private Collection, Florida

From the Catalogue: "In contrast to the formulaic design of the earlier monochrome Joke Paintings, in the Protest Paintings we see Prince’s full creative involvement. Carefully assembling different segments of canvas to form the symbolic crossbow shape of the protest …

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Signature
Signed and dated "R. Prince 1990" on the reverse
Richard Prince
American, b. 1949
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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 “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.”

Richard Prince

Untitled (Protest Painting), 1990

Pencil and silkscreen on canvas, in 5 parts
38 2/5 × 18 3/10 in
97.5 × 46.4 cm
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