Richard Prince (b.1949) emerged in the 1980s as one of America's new, highly innovative artists testing the margins of America's subcultures and visual debris. The appropriation and re-presentation of highly idiosyncratic subject matter - such as one-line jokes, off-colour cartoons, cowboys ('borrowed' from Marlboro ads) and motorcycle gangs - are essential to his work.
In the late 1970s, Prince was working for the cutting services of Time Life publications in New York, where he had access to thousands of cut-up magazines, which only had the advertisements intact. He began to re-photograph the advertisements and compose his pictures, which updated 1960s Pop art's homage to consumerism and its icons.
Decades later, his career took an unexpected turn, and the artist emerged as a highly skilled painter, producing some of the most unusual, and intensely admired, works in the current painting scene. Prince is one of America's best known artists and in 1992 was honoured with a one-person retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Other museums that have held solo shows of Prince's work include the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, IVAM in Valencia and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Prince's highly readable Interview with Jeff Rian ranges in its subject matter from rock and roll to folk art, from criminals to celebrities, as well as his experiences and history as an artist.
In her Survey, Rosetta Brooks examines the variety of Prince's art through two key themes: the notion of artistic authenticity, and the artist's construction of his beguiling personality. Renowned photography critic, Luc Sante, takes a close look at one of Prince's best known and most disturbing series, Girlfriends, a confounding combination of sexiness and sexism.
For his Artist's Choice Prince has selected the lyrics from "Fallen for You", a 1992 pop song by singer/songwriter Sheila Nicholls. Prince's signature laconic writing style is represented by autobiography, fiction, observations and confessions.
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