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Tiffany Paintings

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by Richard Prince



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This limited edition artist's book, published on the occasion of the recent exhibition "Richard Prince: Tiffany Paintings," explores the paintings and related newsprint collages executed by the artist over the last seven years. The Tiffany Paintings reflect Prince's continuing attentiveness to the recurring patterns and suggestive potential of advertising, honed by years of perusing newspapers and magazines.

These almost abstract, monochrome paintings recognise the plain yet distinctive advertisements that New York's most famous jewellery brand has run daily for many years in the upper right hand corner of the same page of The New York Times. The works also echo another classic, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, whose object of desire, Holly Golightly, lures admirers only to elude them later. These terse, tenuous combines of material reference and literary allusion are comprised of the aforementioned Tiffany ads, scanned news events, obituaries, and the occasional autobiographical note, painted over in a manner evocative of post-war Abstract Expressionism.

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Dimensions 31,8 x 25,4 cm 12.5 x 10 in
Publisher Gagosian
Pages 66
ISBN 978-1935263135
Publication Date 2010


Richard Prince

Prince has been working as an artist since the 1970s; a member of the influential Pictures Generation, he worked alongside other artists to expand the scope of conceptual photography through the use of appropriation and rephotography. Prince takes aim at the vulgar, revealing culture’s indiscretions—misogyny, consumerism, exhibitionism and idealized desire. However, as a critique it is ambiguous in that it is accompanied by an equal dose of sympathy and obsession. He is an avid collector and curator of Americana. In selecting or regroupings images, whether they be rephotographs of advertisements or forged publicity photographs, extracting them from their source, Prince elevates them to the status of fine art. As Robert Rubin writes “He appropriates an era and makes something that resonates differently for different people. The beauty of Richard Prince’s art is that it doesn’t have limits.”

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