Richard Prince was born 1949, in the Panama Canal Zone. After making figurative paintings Prince worked as a picture researcher in the early 1970s. This influenced his first photographically-based work.
He proceeded by rephotographing magazine advertisements, appropriating the imagery and raising questions about the originality and authorship of a work of art. The series of photographs of the Marlboro Man made by Prince between 1980 and 1992. The images of the American cowboy, question the myth of the American dream and the commercialization of the brave man.
In 1984 he initiated a series based on serious jokes. E.g. “I eat politics, I sleep politics, but I never drink politics”.
Prince work is complex and allows the viewer staggering back.
His series of Girlfriends show girls on bikes, looking uncertainly or on the other hand provocative.
Prince has amassed an impressive collection of naughty-nurse literature, including such classic titles as Man-Crazy Nurse, Registered Nurse, Tender Nurse, and Nympho Nurse.
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