• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 1107

    Post-War and Contemporary Art (Day Auction)

    14 February 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 113

    Richard Prince (b. 1949)

    Untitled (Mixed Couples)

    Price Realised  

    Richard Prince (b. 1949)
    Untitled (Mixed Couples)
    signed, numbered and dated '1/10 R Prince 1977' (on the reverse)
    Ektacolour photograph
    image: 15¾ x 22 7/8in. (40 x 58.3cm.)
    sheet: 20 x 24in. (51 x 61cm.)
    Executed in 1977, this work is number one from an edition of ten plus two artist's proofs


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    'The pictures I went after, stole, were too good to be true. They were about wishful thinking, public pictures that happen to appear in the advertising sections of mass market magazines, pictures not associated with an author it was their look I was interested in. I wanted to re-present the closest thing to the real thing.
    (R. Prince, quoted in 'Spiritual America: No Holds Barred', Richard Prince, exh.cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 1992, p. 85).

    Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York.
    Contemporary Art from the Collection of Boston Children's Heart Foundation, Children's Hospital sale, Sotheby's New York, 6 May 1997, lot 82.
    Jablonka Galerie, Cologne.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999.


    Pre-Lot Text

    IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY
    A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM THE GOETZ COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITY PROJECTS


    Literature

    Richard Prince Early Photographs 1977-1979, exh. cat., New York, Skarstedt Fine Art, 2001 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, pp. 33 and 35).
    Richard Prince Photographs, exh. cat., Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 2001 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, pp. 18 and 20).
    R. Brooks, J. Rian and L. Sante, Richard Prince, London 2003 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 40).
    Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, exh. cat., Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof, 2004 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 345).


    Exhibited

    Munich, Sammlung Goetz, Richard Prince, 2004-2005 (illustrated in colour, p. 68).