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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Richard Prince

b. 1949, USA

Richard Prince Biography

Since the late 1970s, American contemporary artist Richard Prince has interrogated symbols of American mainstream culture and desires that include masculinity, sexuality, and celebrity and consumer culture. Unbound by a particular style or medium, the artist challenges and redefines ideas of appropriation, authorship, and originality in art, as well as art itself.

Born in the Panama Canal Zone and raised in Boston, Prince moved to New York in 1973, where he has been living and working since. One of his first jobs in the city was with Time Life Publications. One day, while tearing sheets from some magazines, he realised that leftover images could be used to make works of art. He began re-photographing advertisements and grouping them, as in Untitled (Cigarettes) (1978–9), which shows a colour and a black-and-white photograph of a cigarette packet side by side. The artist also became associated with the Pictures Generation, a group of American artists—among them Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, David Salle, Laurie Simmons, and Cindy Sherman—who came of age in the early 1980s, gaining recognition for their use of (often found) photographic images to examine American media culture.

Symbols of mainstream American culture continued to enter Prince's works over the next decade, often in the form of black-and-white photographs of advertisements or existing artworks to which he added colour and background dotted screens. 'Cowboys'—one of his most well-known appropriation series—for example, consists of Marlboro advertisements from the 1950s, photographed and presented without the logo. Taken out of their original contexts, works such as Untitled (cowboy) (1989)—depicting a figure riding his horse against a blue sky dotted with clouds—reveal the artificiality of the cowboy icon that was then an embodiment of American masculinity.

According to the critic Hal Foster in his 1985 book Recodings, Prince re-photographs advertising material 'not to expose the manipulation therein ... but to catch seduction in the act, to savor his own fascination with such images—even as they manipulate him via insinuated desire.' Spiritual America (1983), another of Prince's best known and most controversial works, is a re-photographed image of commercial photographer Gary Gross' 1976 portrait of a then-10-year-old Brooke Shields, who appears naked.

Prince's appropriation of pop culture has led him to explore unconventional subject matter and methods, challenging the definition of an art object. In 1985, for example, he started appropriating one-line jokes from magazines. These now-iconic joke paintings include I Changed My Name (1988) ('I never had a penny to my name so I changed my name'), the text silkscreened on canvas against a monochromatic background. He also started replacing captions on cartoon images.

In the early 1980s Prince developed a process of juxtaposing photographic images in a grid format, a grouping of found images known in photographic labs as the technique of 'ganging'. Like his other works, the artist's gangs reference pop culture magazine motifs, such as women on motorbikes in Live Free or Die (Gang) (1986) or cars and mountains in Creative Evolution 3 (1987)—image types associated with male desire. Prince's works from the 1990s on fluidly traverse multiple media while interrogating the different layers of mass media culture. His 'White Paintings' series from the late 1980s and early 1990s combine silkscreens made from publications with his drawings of domestic interiors, merging personal life and the larger culture.

Prince's 'Girlfriends' series, also from the early 1990s, consists of re-photographing images of female models in biker magazines. The 'Nurses' paintings (2002–6), on the other hand, are based on the covers of pulp fiction paperbacks featuring eroticised nurses. The artist scanned the covers and modified them with acrylic paint, covering up the nurses' faces with surgical masks and transforming the backgrounds into amorphous environments.

In recent artwork, Prince has continued to challenge the definitions of originality and authorship and extend the legacy he inherited from Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, often incorporating reproductions of other artists he admires, such as Willem de Kooning. For his 2018 solo exhibition High Times at Gagosian New York, he recycled his own drawings, first scanning and enlarging cartoon figures from his sketchbooks, then printing them on canvas and painting portions of them with oil sticks and acrylic paint. This made it difficult to distinguish between what had been painted and what had been printed. Even the exhibition text contributed to the debate over originality and authenticity—in print it was attributed to a journalist named Joan Katz, but its style closely matched the artist's on his own website.

Biography by Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Monkees) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (Monkees), 2015 Milled photo
76.2 x 94.6 cm
303 Gallery
Untitled (Hippie Drawing) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (Hippie Drawing), 2019 Pen, pencil, and marker on paper
29.25 x 22.75 inches (incl frame)
Gagosian
Untitled (Hippie Drawing) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (Hippie Drawing), 2019 Pen, pencil, and marker on paper
29.25 x 22.75 inches (incl frame)
Gagosian
Untitled (Hippie Drawing) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (Hippie Drawing), 2019 Pen, pencil, and marker on paper
29.25 x 22.75 inches (incl frame)
Gagosian
Untitled (Hippie Drawing) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (Hippie Drawing), 2000–2005 Ink and acrylic on paper
111.6 x 86.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled (hood) by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled (hood), 2007 Wood, acrylic, auto-body compound, fibreglass
89 x 179 x 176 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Oh by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceOh, 2011 Photomil, inkjet print
129.5 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Untitled by Richard Prince contemporary artwork
Richard PrinceUntitled, 2019 Oil stick, acrylic, and ink jet on layered canvas
307.3 x 228.6 cm
Gagosian

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 303 Gallery: 35 Years at 303 Gallery, New York
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18 July–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition 303 Gallery: 35 Years 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Prince, High Times at Gagosian, San Francisco
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30 May–23 August 2019 Richard Prince High Times Gagosian, San Francisco
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Prince, High Times at Gagosian, New York
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1 November–19 December 2018 Richard Prince High Times Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York

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Richard Prince and the New Meaning of High Art Related Press Richard Prince and the New Meaning of High Art The New York Times : 31 May 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — The large, brightly colored canvases sparkled beside the white walls of the Gagosian Gallery downtown. Larry Gagosian, the art world's megadealer, stood toward the back of the room in blue jeans and loafers while the star of the evening, Richard Prince, the artist perhaps best known for tweaking iconic images and pushing the...

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Richard Prince’s New, Late Style Is One of His Best Related Press Richard Prince’s New, Late Style Is One of His Best The New York Times : 29 November 2018

Richard Prince is losing his cool — or at least some of it. And that's a good thing. His new paintings — in a show titled Richard Prince: High Times, at Gagosian in Chelsea — radiate an unusual heat. Mr. Prince, after all, is the artist who started photographing existing photographs in the late 1970s, which set the stage for...

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Richard Prince defends reuse of others’ photographs Related Press Richard Prince defends reuse of others’ photographs The Art Newspaper : 10 October 2018

In two cases testing copyright law in social media, the artist Richard Prince is asking a federal court in Manhattan to rule that two of his Instagram-based works constitute fair use of photographs taken by others.Both are from Prince's 2014 New Portraits series, in which he enlarged and printed Instagram posts with such images.

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International art invades the suburban Coachella Valley: The best of 'Desert X' Related Press International art invades the suburban Coachella Valley: The best of 'Desert X' Los Angeles Times : 13 March 2017

Ah, the romance of the desert! A place of fierce natural beauty and beguiling spiritual wonder! A rejuvenating refuge from the crushing pressures of modern urban life!Desert X, the ambitious exhibition of new site-specific art installations scattered around the Coachella Valley, is successful partly because the 16 participating artists mostly...

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