4×4 by Richard Prince
About the artist
Richard Prince (b. 1949) is an American painter and photographer. In the mid-1970s, Prince made drawings and painterly collages that he has since disowned. He began copying other photographers’ work in 1977. His image, Untitled (Cowboy), a rephotographing of a photograph by Sam Abell and appropriated from a cigarette advertisement, was the first rephotograph to be sold for more than $1 million at auction at Christie’s New York in 2005. He is regarded as “one of the most revered artists of his generation” according to the New York Times.
America’s preeminent conceptual artist Richard Prince follows up fast on the heels of his spectacularly nuanced and blatantly jokey takes on pop culture as we know it: the Marlboro Man in Spiritual America, biker chicks in Girlfriends, and the artist’s own sanctum sanctorum in Adult Comedy Action Drama. Now, in perhaps his most accessible artist’s book to date (included is an interview with the artist by renowned cult photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark), Prince surveys his life’s work, and packs it all into a populist vehicle typifying the steam and virility of late 20th-century American culture-a Prince specialty.