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Richard Prince: Paintings-Photographs
     

Richard Prince: Paintings-Photographs

by Bernard Mendes Bargi (Essay By), Bernard Mendes Burgi, Beatrix Ruf, Gijs Van Tuyl, Kunstmuseum Basel (Editor)
 
Silk Cut smokes, high-end pens and watches, jewelry dangling into cleavage, the Marlboro Man, the very young Brooke Shields in that movie still, bare-chested blondes on bikes--this is the stuff of Richard Prince's photographs. Sexist jokes, Playboy magazine cartoons, and grafittied doodles are the stuff of his paintings. Or rather, all of these icons of mass culture

Overview

Silk Cut smokes, high-end pens and watches, jewelry dangling into cleavage, the Marlboro Man, the very young Brooke Shields in that movie still, bare-chested blondes on bikes--this is the stuff of Richard Prince's photographs. Sexist jokes, Playboy magazine cartoons, and grafittied doodles are the stuff of his paintings. Or rather, all of these icons of mass culture are the materials that Prince recycles and processes in order to make his own artworks. Re-photographed, fragmented, layered, and copied down, their original format irreversibly if subtly altered, they are transformed into works of high art. By appropriating a reality artificially staged by the media, Prince assesses and catalogues everyday life in America through the cool gaze of an archivist. At the same time, he returns a piece of life to these much abused types: the Marlboro Man rides across the prairie free of consumerist underpinnings. Conceived of and designed by the artist himself, this large-format, two volume publication is the most ambitious presentation of Prince's work to date. One book is devoted to paintings, the other to photographs, and an accompanying booklet offers a radical essay by Bruce Hainley as well as a complete biography and selected bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783775791113
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 13.50(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Prince was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions since 1980, at venues including the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Sadie Coles HO, London; Parco, Tokyo; Regan Projects, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans-Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His books include Why I Go to the Movies Alone (Tanem Press, 1983), Wild History (Tanem Press, 1985), Inside World (Thea Westreich, 1989), Adult Comedy Action Drama (Scalo, 1995), and 4 x 4 (Powerhouse Books, 1997). Prince currently lives and works in New York.

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