Richard Prince


b. Panama Canal Zone, United States 1949

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.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
Untitled (a guy falls out of a window), 1986 signed, dated on back Acrylic on canvas, and silkscreen 24 x 20 in | 61 x 51 cm