Man 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.
Richard Prince presents in Man his subversive and ironic choices of images of men and masculinity. Spanning the entire spectrum of artistic media, Prince creates paintings, object art, drawing, photographs, and collages. Materials from literary texts as well as cartoons and often crude, sexually- and male-oriented jokes (“What’s the difference between a penis and a bonus?” asks one text excerpt from Untitled find their way into his art, thus further allowing the artist to cross conventional borders. Within this book we see Prince’s American cowboy photographs (one of his preferred motifs in which the text is often altered) , his self-portraits, his paintings of jokes and texts, his altered ads, and his sketches (such as the one of Snow White and the seven dwarfs in compromising positions]. This well-designed and reproduced publication featuring nearly 90 color images, is a true artist’s book, conceived by Prince himself.