Richard Prince

Richard Prince: Paintings-Photographs
by Bernhard Mendes Burgi
Publisher's Description
Richard Prince

Edited by Kunstmuseum Basel, Kunsthalle Zurich,
preface by Bernhard Mendes Biirgi, Beatrix Ruf,
text by Bruce Hainley

2 volumes plus text booklet,
Together approx. 384 pp; approx. 368 full page colour illustrations, Pbk in translucent slipcase 24.5 x 32 cm

Familiar stock pieces from the American mass media such as the Marlboro cowboys, bare-chested blondes from biker's magazines or cartoons with sexist messages taken from the Rainbow Press, these are the materials that Prince likes to 'recycle' for his works. These icons of mass culture are then processed - photographed, fragmented and copied down, or their format altered - and transformed into works of art. By appropriating a reality artificially staged by the media, Prince assesses and catalogues everyday life in America with an archivist's cool gaze. In this way, the artist returns life to these much abused types; the Marlboro cowboy now rides across the prairie free of all consumerist underpinnings. The concept and design of these large-format artist's books are by Richard Prince himself, presenting his own selection of pieces. Each volume is dedicated to one medium, either photography or painting, both volumes include full page reproductions as well as accompanying commentary booklets.
ISBN: 3775791116
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
Hardcover : 402 pages
Language: German
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