Richard Prince (b. 1949)
Richard Prince (b. 1949)

Untitled (Four women looking in the same direction)

Richard Prince (b. 1949)
Untitled (Four women looking in the same direction)
each signed and dated 'Richard Prince 1977' (on the reverse)
four ektacolor prints
each: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
Executed in 1977. This work is from an edition of ten.
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Skarstedt Fine Art, New York
Bürgi, B.M.; Ruf, B. and van Tuyl, G., Richard Prince: Photographs, New York 2002, pp. 16-17 (illustrated in color)
New York, Skarstedt Fine Art, Richard Prince: Early Photographs 1977-79, February-April 2001, pp.24-25 (illustrated in color).

Lot Essay

Richard Prince's art derives from a lineage that traces generations from Duchamp to Warhol, to Kosuth, Baldessari, Gilbert and George and Dan Graham. Untitled (Four women looking in the same direction) is a seminal work conceived and executed in the same year as the Untitled (living rooms). Prince uses codified visual language and employs techniques of cropping and seriality to decipher "advertising's messages of seduction and alienation by revealing the stereotypical character of gestures, poses and expressions.

'Most of what's passing for information right now is total fiction,' Prince remarked. 'I try to turn the lie back on itself'. In so doing, he also challenged the traditional role of the artist as creator, and the very meaning of creation, while presenting an alternative definition of invention, one located outside the concept of a signature style." (iBid, p.27)

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