Since the end of the 1970s, Richard Prince has appropriated motifs from daily life, the world of films and the advertising industry. As one of the most significant participants in what is often called the Pictures Generation, he was amongst the first to distinguish himself with a critical, postmodern photographic practice.
Through his radical appropriation of existing images from American popular culture – like the re-photographing of the cowboy images in Marlboro advertisements – he addressed questions about authorship and originality, as well as the construction of identity and the meaning of images in American society. Through his prominent and multifaceted series of paintings, in which he both reconstructs reality and creates parallel realities, Prince has confirmed his position as a leading manipulator of social and cultural symbols.
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