Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince
Bettie Kline <br>Richard Prince

Bettie Kline
Richard Prince

Purple Institute, 2012
First edition thus
Softcover, unpaged, 147 x 190 mm
Condition: Fine

 

Bettie Kline starts with the premise that painter Franz Kline and fetish photographers Irving and Paula Klaw both lived and worked at the same Manhattan address during the fifties. The Klaws and Kline were friends, and the painter would sometimes use Irvings models for figure studies, one of which was Bettie Page. By 1952, she became his ‘only’: his subject, his sign, his muse. The artist/model relationship was secret, nobody knew. Richard Prince juxtaposes appropriated images of Bettie Page alongside those of Kline and his works to set up a frisson between the pin-up legend's limbs/torso and the pioneering Abstract Expressionist's bold calligraphic brushstrokes.

Originally published in 2009 by Gagosian Gallery, this pocket version was released as a supplement for the 20th anniversary of Purple in celebration of Richard Prince's work, which has been a long-standing inspiration for the magazine.

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