A member of the so-called Pictures Generation of artists that emerged in the 1980s, Richard Prince is known for his appropriation of mass media imagery. His work has consistently grappled with such issues as authorship, reproduction, and context. Since the mid 1970s, Prince has incorporated preexisting material into his photographs, paintings, and sculptures, including advertisements, car hoods, cancelled checks, and celebrity head shots. Born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone, the artist studied at the Nasson College of Maine and moved to New York in 1973, where he worked at Time Magazine. He soon began showing his work at both galleries and museums, with his first solo exhibition taking place at Artists Space, New York, in 1980. Prince has been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, among many others. The artist lives and works in upstate New York.
- Richard Prince: The Figures
- Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
April 23 - June 6, 2015
Luxembourg & Dayan presented Richard Prince: The Figures (2015) at its New York gallery. The exhibition explored the artist’s longstanding interest in figure drawing that dates back to the 1970s.
When Prince arrived in New York City in August 1974, he enrolled in a figure drawing class despite it being out of fashion for the period—this, in fact, being a quality that enticed Prince. He viewed figurative illustrated as a beginning, a tradition continued by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Sigmar Polke, and R. Crumb. Drawing the nu...Read More