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An image of Untitled (cowboy) by Richard Prince

Richard Prince

(United States of America 06 Aug 1949 – )

Title
Untitled (cowboy)
Year
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
Accession number
L2011.45
Copyright
© Richard Prince
Location
Contemporary galleries
Further information

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.

Bibliography (5)

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

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 (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 198, 200-201 (colour illus.).

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

Exhibition history (3)

From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996

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

Pop to popism, 01 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015