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當代藝術日拍

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Richard Prince
生於1949年
UNTITLED (GIRLFRIEND)
signed with the artist's initials, dated 1987 and numbered 2/2 on the backing board
ektacolour print
152.4 by 101.6cm.; 60 by 40in.
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來源

John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

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Executed in 1987, Untitled (Girlfriend) is a bold example of the provocative oeuvre of American artist Richard Prince. The girl sits upright on the bike, firmly gripping the handlebars, with her shoulders back, looking confidently at the camera, striking a pose that echoes the ubiquitous glamour model shot.  Through appropriation, Prince irreversibly alters the relevance of the image; by placing a snapshot from a biker journal in a new context, Prince lends resonance and meaning to a once anonymous portrait, celebrating low culture within the context of high art.

An exemplary figure in a generation of artists that used photographic procedures to redefine both photography and art, Prince was at the vanguard of experimentation in his use of the radically postmodern method of appropriation known as ‘re-photography’. The constant appropriation and re-presentation of magazine images highlighting consumer culture’s rapid turnover of images, lead to a juxtaposition of fiction and non-fiction and a confusion about definitions of “real”.  Prince’s philosophy can be located in the context of Baudrillard’s concept of the simulacrum, which surpassed representation and reproduction to produce a synthetic “hyperreality”, “ a real without origin or reality” (Solomon-Godeau in” People Keep Asking: An Introduction”, Lisa Phillips, Exhibition Catalogue, Richard Prince, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1992, p. 28.)

Prince’s ‘Girlfriends’ explore the uncanny slippage between the way people wish they could look and the reality of their appearance. In leaving every photographic fault visible and almost emphasizing the awkward lighting and colour, Prince imbues these images with a sense of melancholy and transforms the everyday into a meditation on identity and truth.

“That’s the way we want to look. To be pictured. A portrait. The Girlfriends (…) were pictures of the way I wished I could be. Maybe it’s a kind of stupid desire. Passion. Is passion what we are? Is that what we are in pictures? Is what we are in pictures almost real? Maybe it’s become the ‘most’ real thing. I mean, the picture I take has already been taken. I take it again. My picture is seamless. No cuts. No scissors. The camera as electronic scissors. It makes the magazine picture a photograph. The photograph is ‘close’. It’s real close. Close to the real thing.” (Jeff Rian in conversation with Richard Prince in Rosetta Brooks, et al., Richard Prince, London 2003, p.16)

當代藝術日拍

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