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Richard Prince

Untitled (Tamara), from the Entertainers series, 1982

Ektacolor print
98 × 50 1/2 in
248.9 × 128.3 cm
Edition of 2
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Richard Prince's Tamara and Fayy (1982) belong to a group of compositions known as the …

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Richard Prince's Tamara and Fayy (1982) belong to a group of compositions known as the Entertainers series. With a unique aesthetic approach known as rephotography developed in 1977, Prince began deviating from collage art to appropriation. In a Warholian manner, Prince creates compelling stories of the American …

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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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Richard Prince's Tamara and Fayy (1982) belong to a group of compositions known as the …

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Richard Prince's Tamara and Fayy (1982) belong to a group of compositions known as the Entertainers series. With a unique aesthetic approach known as rephotography developed in 1977, Prince began deviating from collage art to appropriation. In a Warholian manner, Prince creates compelling stories of the American …

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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 (Tamara), from the Entertainers series, 1982

Ektacolor print
98 × 50 1/2 in
248.9 × 128.3 cm
Edition of 2
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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