Richard Prince: Same Man
Richard Prince: Same Man
Edited by Malou Wedel Bruun, Anders Kold. Text by Nancy Spector, Anders Kold.
An ingenious and collectible book-as-poster documenting Prince’s half-century of image appropriation
For aficionados of Richard Prince (born 1949) and of the possibilities of the book form, this unique exhibition catalog is an exclusive three-in-one kind of publication. Designed in the dimensions of a 12 x 12-inch LP record and housed in a plastic sleeve, when unfolded it transforms into a two-sided (one English, one Danish) poster with a richly illustrated collage of works by Prince from across his career (including his famous "rephotographs"), plus two in-depth texts on Prince’s oeuvre by the curators Nancy Spector and Anders Kold.
A defining figure of the Pictures Generation, Prince is famed for his radical acts of appropriation, which have taken many turns across the course of his five-decade career. His visual world, encapsulated in this innovatively designed volume, offers a remarkably consistent portrait of late 20th-century America.
Richard Prince started his career as a figure painter, but around 1975 he started to make collages using photographs and text. In 1977 he produced a series of four photographs of living rooms lifted from the New York Times. This act of rephotographing cast doubt on basic assumptions about authorship, the authenticity of photographic images, the ownership of public images, and the nature of invention. In the Jokes series, started in 1986, Prince chronicles America's sexual fantasies and frustrated desires through one-liners, stand-up comedy, and burlesque-like jokes. Revealing the darker side of American life and the pathology of Middle America, his work exposes several false distinctions: the presumed dichotomies between the copy and the original, the normal and the uncanny, public and private, fact and fiction. Prince's appropriated photograph Brooke Shields (Spiritual America) (1983) shows the ten-year-old actress standing in the bath, her androgynous child's body contradicted by her sophisticated, womanly attitude. The title of the work alludes to Alfred Stieglitz's photograph of the same name, which depicts the groin of a castrated horse. When this work was first shown in an exhibition organized by Prince himself, the image was at the center of a lawsuit between Shields' mother and the original photographer. Prince's controversial display of the photograph raises issues of voyeurism and commodification of images.
Special edition, 12 x 12 in. / poster / 22 color / 3 bw.
Publisher: Louisiana Museum of Modrn Art, 2023