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Lot 9

Richard Prince

Untitled (Head), 1982 – 84
218.44 × 121.92 cm
Edition: 2/2 + 1AP
Signature: Signed, dated and numbered on the reverse

Estimate: €120,000 - €180,000
Sold for: €146,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Copyright: © Richard Prince Studio
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging
Provenance: Donated by a Private Collection

Richard Prince (b. 1949) has been provoking and polarising ever since the start of his artistic career in the late 1970s. The New York-based artist draws unconstrainedly upon the visual material produced by the entertainment industry, advertising, and mass and social media, and appropriates it in his works. In doing so, he aligns himself behind artists such as Andy Warhol and pushes the act of appropriation to the limits of authorship.

In the large-format photographic work Untitled (Head) from 1982–84, Prince reconstructs a fragmented face via the arrangement of an eye, nose and mouth. Their pronounced division is underscored by the fact that each facial detail is shown only as a reflection in a compact mirror. The photographs, which prompt associations with conventional cosmetic advertising, are ascribed a new character by their deliberate positioning and by their isolation from the purpose for which they were originally intended. 

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