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Title

Untitled


Artist

Richard Prince

United States of America

06 Aug 1949 -


About

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.


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.155


Artist information

Richard Prince

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.