(United States of America 06 Aug 1949 – )
180.5 x 122.0 x 4.0 cm
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.
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.
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003