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Richard Prince

White Paintings

November 8 - December 15, 2012

Upper East Side

Richard Prince, <i>I Know This Guy</i>, 1990
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
82 x 116 inches
208.3 x 294.6 cm
Richard Prince, I Know This Guy, 1990
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
82 x 116 inches
208.3 x 294.6 cm
Richard Prince, <i>Future</i>, 1992
acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
68 x 48 inches
172.7 x 121.9 cm
Richard Prince, Future, 1992
acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
68 x 48 inches
172.7 x 121.9 cm
Richard Prince, <i>Anyone Can Find Me</i>, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
85  x 96 inches
215.9 x 243.8 cm
Richard Prince, Anyone Can Find Me, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
85 x 96 inches
215.9 x 243.8 cm
Richard Prince, <i>Black Bra</i>, 1989
acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
68 x 48 inches
172.7 x 121.9 cm
Richard Prince, Black Bra, 1989
acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
68 x 48 inches
172.7 x 121.9 cm
Richard Prince, <i>The Soft Parade</i>, 1994
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
112 x 116 inches
284.5 x 294.6 cm
Richard Prince, The Soft Parade, 1994
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
112 x 116 inches
284.5 x 294.6 cm
Richard Prince, <i>The Literature Rack</i>, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
136 1/4 x 98 inches
346.1 x 248.9 cm
Richard Prince, The Literature Rack, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
136 1/4 x 98 inches
346.1 x 248.9 cm
Richard Prince, <i>Unaware of Being Despair</i>, 1994
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
136 x 96 inches
Richard Prince, Unaware of Being Despair, 1994
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
136 x 96 inches
Richard Prince, <i>Untitled</i>, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
117 x 75 inches
297.2 x 190.5 cm
Richard Prince, Untitled, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
117 x 75 inches
297.2 x 190.5 cm
Richard Prince, <i>Lady Doc II</i>, 1992
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
106 x 116 inches
Richard Prince, Lady Doc II, 1992
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
106 x 116 inches
Richard Prince, <i>Untitled</i>, 1993
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
136 x 96 inches
345.4 x 243.8 cm
Richard Prince, Untitled, 1993
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
136 x 96 inches
345.4 x 243.8 cm

Press Release

Skarstedt Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition White Paintings by Richard Prince comprising ten paintings from the series executed during the early 1990s.

Celebrated for his appropriation of advertising images and photographs during the early 1970s, Richard Prince began in the 1980s to explore the relationship between image and language, pairing jokes from books and magazine, typically satirical one-liners, with referential and non-referential imagery, mostly cartoons. Prince’s early Joke paintings transformed from monochromatic rigidly composed works into free-floating combinations of jokes and stripped-down layered imagery in the 1990s.

Prince’s White Paintings are raw and energetic in comparison to his more straightforward “re-photographs” of the 1970s and the Monochromatic Jokes of the 1980s. In the White Paintings, handwritten and printed jokes mingle with gestural marks, silkscreened imagery, and graphic fragments all strewn across a white-pigmented backdrop. Prince’s hand is present in these works with their painterly white texture, spirited whorls, and handwritten jokes. In this series, he uses appropriation in a different fashion as he evokes the work of the great American painters of the 1950s such as Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg.

Richard Prince was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1949. Moving to New York City in the early 1970s, he eventually took a job at Time-Life in the tear-sheets department, which afforded him a constant exposure to contemporary consumer advertisements. It was there that he started taking photographs of cowboys, particularly the image of the Marlboro Man, which jumpstarted his career. Prince has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held in institutions such as the Museo Picasso Malaga in 2012, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2007, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Redefining concepts of authorship, ownership and the artist, Prince has distinguished himself as a great American contemporary artist. He now lives and works in upstate New York.

For further information, please contact +1 212 737 2060 or info@skarstedt.com


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