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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

2014
Richard Prince ' New Figures ', Almine Rech, Paris
2012
Richard Prince: Four Saturdays, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2012
Chamberlain, Gursky, Hirst, Kusama, Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2011
Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery
2011
Richard Prince: de Kooning, Gagosian Gallery, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
American Icons, Collective by Jeff Lincoln, Southampton
2014
Richard Prince: 'Cowboys & Girlfriends', Kenneth A. Friedman & Co.
2014
Richard Prince ' New Figures ', Almine Rech, Paris
2012
Richard Prince: Four Saturdays, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2012
Chamberlain, Gursky, Hirst, Kusama, Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2011
Richard Prince, Gagosian Gallery
2011
Richard Prince: de Kooning, Gagosian Gallery, Paris
2010
Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
In Different Ways, Almine Rech, London
2015
Von Bildern. Strategien der Aneignung, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2013
The Show is Over, Gagosian Gallery, London
2010
Crash: Homage to JG Ballard, Gagosian Gallery, London
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