Richard Prince (b. 1949)

Untitled (cowboy)

Richard Prince (b. 1949)
Untitled (cowboy)
signed, dated and numbered 'Prince 2003 AP' (on the reverse)
Ektacolor photograph mounted on board
39 5/8 x 30 in. (100.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 2003. This work is the artist's proof from an edition of two plus one artist's proof.
Gift of the artist to Tibet House, New York
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 10 November 2004, lot 2
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Richard Prince: Spiritual America, September 2007-June 2008, pp. 100 and 101 (another example illustrated in color).
Sale room notice
Please note this work is mounted on board.

Lot Essay

"'Normalcy as special effect' is how the artist himself described this group of works. These images are rephotographed cigarette advertisementsThey represent the country's most undeniable image of itself and as such pass through culture with no friction. They are dismissible generic signifiers, and at the point when Prince chose them, they had ceased to be employed as ubiquitous ads for Marlboro cigarettes; they had been cut loose and were resting somewhere in the sediment of culture."

(R. Brooks, "A Prince of Light or Darkness?," Richard Prince, London, 2003, p. 56)

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