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Title

Untitled (cowboy)

1980-1989


Artist

Richard Prince

United States of America

06 Aug 1949 -


About

Richard Prince was part of the Pictures Generation of artists of the 1970s and 80s who ransacked the image banks of popular culture, redeploying mass-media imagery in politically subversive ways. Taking magazine advertising as his point of departure, Prince’s work both reflects and critiques American culture.

Prince’s use of advertising material was informed by a period of employment at the Time-Life Corporation, where he cut articles from popular magazines, leaving behind the advertisements. He began re-photographing these advertisements, cropping, refocusing and otherwise altering the images to suit his own purposes.

‘Untitled (cowboy)’, a politically charged image, is taken from a Marlboro advertisement. Stripped of its logo and branding paraphernalia, the image evokes a masculine ideal, harking back to a fantasy of pastoralist America life.


Details


Date

1980-1989


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

Ektacolor photograph


Edition

1/1 + 1 AP


Dimensions

181.5 x 271.5 cm sight; 186.0 x 276.0 x 5.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of authenticity, black ink "Richard Prince".


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.45


Artist information

Richard Prince

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 71 (colour illus.), 86.

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Pop: the old and the new', pg.195-215, Sydney, 2011, 198, 200-201 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 13 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view

Anneke Jaspers, Pop to popism, 'Art of the second degree: post pop and popism', pg.235-279, Sydney, 2014, 256-257 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Sydney, Apr 2011, 28 (colour illus.).