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Richard Prince (American, b.1949)
LOT ID: 92953
Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends), 1992

Ektacolor Print
24 х 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, with artist's initials, on verso
Edition of 26
Lot description
Executed in 1992, this iconic work by Richard Prince belongs to his "Cowboys and Girlfriends" series, in which the artist re-photographed images of women taken from '70's biker magazines. Removed from the context of biker subculture, these portraits underscore the idea of gender as performance, and of sexuality as commodity. The "Cowboys & Girlfriends" series typifies Prince's process of making art through the ironical reproduction and displacement of pop culture iconography, an approach that has been influential in the development of appropriation art since the 1960s. Where many of the "Cowboys and Girlfriends" works feature women lounging or posing suggestively for the camera, the present work depicts a woman astride a motorcycle with a firm grip on the handlebars, looking into the distance, far beyond the boundaries of the picture.

"Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends)" has a sheet size of 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) and is recessed within a 3-inch, 8-ply top mat and framed under UV-protective Plexiglas to dimensions of 30.5 x 22.75 inches (77.5 x 57.8 cm). The contemporary matte black frame includes a cut-out display window on the reverse showing the artist's signature.
Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends) by Richard Prince
  • Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends) by Richard Prince
  • Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends) by Richard Prince
  • Untitled (from Cowboys and Girlfriends) by Richard Prince
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