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Richard Prince (American, b.1949)
LOT ID: 64286
Girlfriend #3, 1992

Ektacolor Print
24 х 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, stamped, inscribed, on verso.
Print/Casting Year 2000
Edition 26
Lot description
Richard Prince, Girlfriend #3 from series COWBOYS AND GIRLFRIENDS, 1992
One of a series of fourteen ektacolor photographs, 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) Edition of 26.

Born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone, Richard Prince grew up in the Boston suburb where his parents settled five years later. In 1973 he moved to New York, where he immersed himself in the downtown music and art scenes. While working in the tear-sheet department of Time Life, he began to rephotograph the discarded advertising pages, carefully cropping out all copy until only formulaic images of consumer aspiration remained—interior decor, luxury goods, product logos, and fashion models. Drawing inspiration from the mainstream mass media as well as various American subcultures, Prince subsequently focused his camera on a series of stock figures so hopelessly clichéd that they could be described by one-word archetypes—Cowboys, Girlfriends, and Entertainers. These appropriated photographs were displayed individually, in serial groupings, or combined within a single sheet in a format that the artist refers to as a Gang. Simultaneously, he began to hand copy cartoons and old jokes from the annals of Borscht Belt humor, pairing the images with unrelated jokes, or spelling out the text of the gag line on otherwise empty, monochrome backgrounds.
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