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An image of Untitled by Richard Prince

Richard Prince

(United States of America 06 Aug 1949 – )

Title
Untitled
Year
1989-1990
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas
Dimensions

180.5 x 122.0 x 4.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. verso, "R Prince 1989".
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2010.155
Copyright
© Richard Prince
Location
Not on display
Further information

Flirting with politically charged issues of gender, race and class, Richard Prince’s ‘Untitled’ deliberately aims to make the viewer uncomfortable, drawing on the ways in which humour is often used to navigate socially difficult terrain, in this instance, gender and sexual ambiguity. The painting states: ‘I met my first girl, her name was Sally. Was that a girl, was that a girl. That’s what people kept asking.’ Combining such statements with re-drawn cartoons from the ‘New Yorker’ magazine and barely legible scrawls, Prince aims to unsettle the viewer, encouraging them to reflect on the implicit assumptions about race, gender and sexuality at play in our everyday lives.

Bibliography (2)

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 62 (illus.), 61.

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 198, 203 (illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003