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RICHARD PRINCE (B. 1949)
RICHARD PRINCE (B. 1949)

Untitled (Cowboy)

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RICHARD PRINCE (B. 1949)
Untitled (Cowboy)
signed, numbered and dated 'R Prince 2/2 2000' (lower edge)
Ektacolor print mounted on board
27 x 40 in. (68.5 x 101.6 cm.)
Executed in 2000. This work is number two from an edition of two plus one artist's proof.
Provenance
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Literature
R. Brooks & J. Rian, eds., Richard Prince, New York, 2003 (illustrated, on the front and back cover).
Exhibited
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Richard Prince: Photographs, December 2001-February 2002, p. 93 (illustrated, another example exhibited).
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Minneapolis, Walker Arts Center and London, Serpentine Gallery, Richard Prince: Spiritual America, September 2007-Summer 2008, pp. 98-99 (illustrated, another example exhibited).

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Lot Essay

"The image of the cowboy is so familiar in American iconology that it has become almost invisible through its normality. And yet the cowboy is also the most sacred and masklike of cultural figures. In both a geographical and cultural sense, a cowboy is an image of endurance itself, a stereotypical symbol of American cinema. He is simultaneously the wanderer and the mythological symbol of social mobility. Even today, the image of the cowboy has not lost its luster.

...Of all of Prince's art, the Cowboy works are Prince's own mask--his self-portrait as a regular guy. In other words, as embodiments of "untruth," they are the most truthful. Or, as Prince might say, they are the most "convincing"; picture-perfect dissimulations" (R. Brooks, "Spiritual America: No Holds Barred," exh. cat. Richard Prince, 1992, p. 95).

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