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Richard Prince (American, b.1949)
LOT ID: 73139
Cowboys & Girlfriends: Girlfriend (#7), 1992

Ektacolor Print
23 х 15.5 in. (58.42 x 39.37 cm.)
Signed, with initials on verso. This pieces comes with a certificate of authenticity from Patrick Painter Gallery.
Edition PP 2/3 from ed. 26
Lot description
Image size is 23 x 15.5 inches (58.4 x 39.4 cm); paper size is 24 x 20 inches (60.96 x 50.8 cm). Edition of 26.
One of 14 photographs from the portfolio titled "Cowboys & Girlfriends".

Richard Prince is a postmodern pioneer of appropriation art, building upon the strategies of Duchamp and Warhol among others. His trademark technique of re-photographing readymade imagery from popular culture reveals the absurdity or unreality of the original image and refutes the notions of originality and authorship. In the 'Cowboys and Gilrfriends' portfolio, (a composite or 'gang' of images), Prince appropriates images from the iconic Marlboro cigarette advertising campaign and images of women who had placed ads in biker magazines. By removing the ad copy and emphasizing the grainy texture of the original images, Prince peels back the layers of associations constructed by the ad execs in the cowboy images (masculinity, independence, the freedom of the American Frontier) and exposes the fictive, representational nature of the pictures, and in the case of the women's self-portraits (femininity and sexual freedom and availability), offers a fascinating commentary on curious subcultural facets of male-female engagement and disengagement, through self-promotion, self-representation, and desire. His work shows that commercialization, has, in a sense, replaced the simulated with the simulation, the advertised with the advertisement, the Marlboro with the Marlboro man. The present work is Girlfriend #7, plate 12 (out of an original group of 14), of the series of biker chicks slung across Harleys displaying their charms in pursuit of erotic opportunity. In juxtaposing these disparate subcultures, Prince sheds light on the highly codified clichés that organize society.
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Cowboys & Girlfriends: Girlfriend (#7) by Richard Prince
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