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.
synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas
180.5 x 122.0 x 4.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. verso, "R Prince 1989".
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Not on display
© Richard Prince
Shown in 1 exhibition
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Referenced in 2 publications
Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Pop: the old and the new', pg.195-215, Sydney, 2011, 198, 203 (illus.).
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 62 (illus.), 61.