RICHARD PRINCE "UNTITLED, GIRLFRIEND" 1994
Richard Prince (b. 1949) is one of the most innovative, influential and polemic American artists. Whether you associate him with The Pictures Generation, post-modernism or appropriation art, his contribution is undeniable.
Prince has worked in a variety of formats over the course of his career, yet each of his provocative series shares a similar approach: extract an element from the American vernacular and/or visual culture and then elevate it and embrace it. In many ways he is the art world's best successor to Marcel Duchamp.
In the mid 1970's Richard Prince was working for Life Inc. in the tear-sheet department where he clipped articles from magazines to aid writers in their research. What remained from these deconstructed magazines were images featuring products and people designed to influence American shoppers. This approach of lifting and decontexualizing photographs remains the cornerstone of his practice.
One of Prince's best known series, Girlfriends, uses snapshot images of young women in friendly but sexualized poses atop motorcycles. These images first appeared in biker magazines in the previous decades. Displayed in an era where portraiture was a dormant genre in the art world, Prince also introduced images of a subculture rarely represented in a gallery setting. Of course it remains ambiguous of whether these images were an homage or parody.
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