Continuation. His exhibition at the Serpentine is a direct dialogue with his spaces, mirroring the installation of the artist's work in his own buildings as well as responding to the gallery's unique scale and location. Paintings, photographs and sculptures spanning Prince's 30-year career are featured at the Serpentine, including new work created especially for this exhibition.
The American artist (b.1949), best known for his works from images appropriated from magazines and pulp fiction, shows an installation created from his own large collection of art, furniture, memorabilia and books. Paintings, photographs and sculptures by Prince from the past 30 years are exhibited alongside the collection to create an intimate domestic setting. Prince is known for pioneering series such as “White Paintings”, 1990s, “Check Paintings”, 2004, and “Nurses”, 2002, as well as the “Car Hood” sculptures. The show, his first in a major public UK institution, is in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, and curated by Richard Prince with the Serpentine Gallery, and follows his recent “Spiritual America” show the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Richard Prince (born 1949) is one of the world’s most celebrated artists and artistic innovators.
Prince came to prominence in the 1980s through his celebrated series such as Cowboys, Jokes and Hoods, which appropriate images from magazines, popular culture and pulp fiction to create new photographs, sculptures and paintings that respond to ideas about American identity and consumerism. These works have been critical in challenging ideas of authorship and raising questions about the value of the ‘unique’ artwork.
Prince is, himself, a voracious collector of art, furniture, memorabilia and books, which he houses in a group of buildings alongside his own artworks. His exhibition at the Serpentine is a direct dialogue with his spaces, mirroring the installation of Prince’s work in his own buildings as well as responding to the Serpentine’s unique scale and location. Prince’s diverse collection ranges from books and artworks by artists and writers to classic American ‘muscle cars’. Paintings, photographs and sculptures spanning Prince’s 30-year career are featured at the Serpentine, including new work created especially for this exhibition.
Richard Prince: Continuation follows his recent retrospective, Spiritual America, organised by the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, and is curated by Richard Prince and the Serpentine Gallery.
Image: Richard Prince Untitled (fashion), 1982-84 Ektacolor photograph Unique 152.4 x 101.6 cm
© 2008 Richard Prince
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