Rejecting the sentiment of the artist as the paragon of individualism, Richard Prince has been an "agent provocateur" in the art world since 1975 when he rephotographed an advertisement featuring the Marlboro Man, catalyzing an art-critical buzz around issues of appropriation, originality, and authorship. Prince's restless intellect and attention-grabbing use of appropriation art have earned him both celebrity and frequent legal problems. Yet he has continued to critique American culture by reframing its archetypes, icons, and myths and challenging consumer advertising, fame seeking, and mainstream humor.
Prince has worked in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, film, video, and photography, but he is also a writer of poetry and fiction. Some of his most famous works are his Nurse Paintings, inspired by pulp romance novels, one of which was featured on the Sonic Youth album Sonic Nurse, and which influenced Marc Jacobs's Spring 2008 collection for Louis Vuitton.
An avid collector of art, books, manuscripts, and odd objects like cancelled checks from celebrities, Prince has become the chronicler of a generation. On collecting, he says, "I don't see any difference now between what I collect and what I make. It's become the same. What I'm collecting will, a lot of times, end up in my work." A major retrospective, Richard Prince: Spiritual America, was mounted in 2007 by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Richard Prince Gallery Art
Gagosian Gallery, Founded in Los Angeles, CA
Coksun Gallery, London, England
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Tate Britain, London, England
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN