Richard Prince, ‘Untitled (Rothko's Rooms)’, 2014, Alpha 137 Gallery

This special limited edition Richard Prince print, signed and numbered from the edition of 199, sold out immediately upon its release. Here, Prince continues his series of found pornographic black-and-white photographs with strategically placed CD and DVD stickers, suggesting a previously missing level of narrative. These “re-photographs” often imply elements of personal tragedy, exploitation or characteristics of humor that differ from the image’s original intent of sexual pleasure. Richard Prince’s application of DVD stickers to his collages serve to associate popular culture with his iconic use of erotic images. The anonymity and censorship of the model, informed by the strategic placement of these stickers, aims to reveal and contextualize sexuality within contemporary Western culture. Prince has included labels for Rothko’s Rooms, a documentary about Mark Rothko, and the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, narrowing the chasm amidst fine art and popular culture with this lurid image. The present work is unframed and in fine condition.
Published by: The Song Cave, New York

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Signature: signed lower right recto; stamped and numbered on verso

Publisher: The Song Cave, 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