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Richard Prince (Contemporary Artists Series) [Paperback]

Rosetta Brooks , Sheila Nicholls , Richard Prince

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26 May 2003 Contemporary Artists Series

Richard Prince (b.1949) emerged in the 1980s as one of America's new, highly innovative artists working with the margins of America's subcultures and visual debris. The appropriation and re-presentation of highly idiosyncratic subject matter - such as one-line jokes, off-colour cartoons, cowboys ('borrowed' from Marlboro ads) and motorcycle gangs - are essential to his work.

In the late 1970s Prince was working for the cutting services of Time Life publications in New York, where he had access to thousands of cut-up magazines in which only the advertisements remained intact. He began to re-photograph the advertisements and compose his own pictures from this highly familiar imagery, updating 1960s Pop art's homage to consumerism and its icons. Decades later, his career took an unexpected turn, and the artist emerged as a consummate painter, producing some of the most unusual and intensely admired works in the current painting scene.

Prince is one of America's best known artists and in 1992 was honoured with a one-person retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Other museums that have held solo shows of Prince's work include the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, IVAM in Valencia and the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Prince's highly readable Interview with Jeff Rian ranges in its subject matter from rock and roll to folk art, from criminals to celebrities, as well as his experiences and history as an artist. In her Survey, Rosetta Brooks examines the variety in Prince's art through two key themes: the notion of artistic authenticity and the artist's construction of his own beguiling personality. Renowned photography critic Luc Sante takes a close look at one of Prince's best known and most disturbing series, Girlfriends, a confounding combination of sexiness and sexism. For his Artist's Choice Prince has selected the lyrics from "Fallen for You", a 1992 pop song by singer/songwriter Sheila Nicholls. Prince's signature laconic writing style is represented by autobiography, fiction, observations and confessions.

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'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum)

'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out)

'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)

About the Author

Rosetta Brooks is an art critic and curator based in Pioneertown , California. She is currently a Core Faculty member of the MA in Art Criticism and Cultural Theory at the Art Center, College of Design, Pasadena, California. Formerly editor of the London-based ZG magazine, Brooks edited Richard Prince's 1992 catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has written extensively on such artists as Edward Kienholz, Robert Rauschenberg, Sigmar Polke and Victor Burgin.

Jeff Rian is a writer and Professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes. He is an editor of Purple magazine, a regular contributor to Artforum and the author of Buckshot Lexicon (2000) and Lewis Baltz (Phaidon, 2001).

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life (1991), Evidence (1992), The Factory of Facts (1998) and Walker Evans (Phaidon, 2001), and co-editor of OK You Mugs: Writers on Movie Actors (1999). He teaches Writing and the History of Photography at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York .

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5.0 out of 5 stars A princely catalogue 18 Oct 2007
By Reich Claude - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I will not be lucky enough to see the exhibition at the Guggenheim, I am very happy to be able to say that this is one of the best art books I have ordered so far. It lists and illustrates the bulk of Prince's major series (the original ad pictures from the 1970's, stripped of all text, the cowboy photos,the joke paintings, the nurse paintings,the latest 2006 "De Kooning" paintings which are a complete discovery, and many more). The illustrations are wonderful and do justice to the scope and depth of the artist's oeuvre.

The book starts with an enlightening essay by curator Nancy Spector who shows how Prince's appropriation art resulted in one of the most profound analyses of contemporary American culture. Another valuable chapter of the book is a collection of interviews of various personalities (collectors, intellectuals, magazine editors, writers, cartoonists...)who have been in some way or other in contact with Richard Prince and his works and who give their own often sensible and knowledgeable opinion on it.

Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Richard Prince book on the market 9 Mar 2013
By Nonce - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been searching for this book since I got it from the library in grad art school and as soon as I found out it was back in stock, I ordered it without a second thought. For anyone interested in Prince's work, this is the most comprehensive collection I've found of it, including nearly every major project from his early success until 2008, and the accompanying essays and interview are not standard catalog fodder but intelligent, informative texts. I've checked out a lot of other Prince books from libraries but none match both the scope and the care for the work of this one. It's a little costly but it's worth the price whether you're a beginner or a big fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Retrospective 13 Nov 2011
By N. Molina - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to Prince at his retrospective held at the Guggenheim (which this book is based on). It was an amazing exhibit and for those of you who missed it, this book captures it quite nicely. The introduction is extremely well written and I highly recommend you read it if you want to get a better understanding of the artist. The materials of the book are top notch and present nearly all of Prince's work. The end of the book also has some great essay's inspired by Prince and the concepts he invokes but not necessarily about him. Some very interesting people contribute including the cartoon editor for The New Yorker and an editor at Hustler.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. 1 Sep 2011
By peter everson - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave up the dream of owning a Richard Prince years ago, so this is as close as I will ever get to having one. It is good to know the history behind his work. Those details help explain the process that goes into each piece. I am really happy that I purchased the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Survey 16 Aug 2009
By W. Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
This is a comprehensive overview of Richard Prince's artwork to date and shows him as one of the most important and enduring artists from the 1980's. A child of Warhol, Richard Prince has taken pop art and conceptual art to the next progression and has made the art world rethink our notions of what art is.
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