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Dates:  1949, 6 August -
Born:  Panama Canal Zone
 
  
American mixed media artist, painter and photographer.

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Approved biography for Richard Prince
Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)

 
  
Richard Prince takes sections of advertising images, whether on posters or in magazines, and presents them unaltered and without comment. The images he chooses are generally iconic and stereotypical, representing a mythical or imaginary America. Prince has commented, "Iím interested in what some of these images imagine... most of the time, whatís represented is just wishful thinking. Iím interested in wishful thinking." Our attention is drawn to the gulf between the urban environments in which such posters are seen and their depictions of solitary heroes in a nature untouched by man. 
  
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Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011. 
  
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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Richard Prince 
http://richardprinceart.com 
  
Stealing from the Marlboro Man - Richard Prince's $3.4M Cowboy - article by Brian Appel 
http://www.brianappelart.com ... 
  
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Hoy, Anne H. 1987 Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs (New York: Abbeville) p.193-194 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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