Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1993 | First edition
Softcover, 56 pages, 176 x 270 mm
Condition: Very Good +
Girlfriends features Prince's array of rephotographed vernacular snapshots − culled from motorcycle culture magazines and newsletters − which depict "biker chicks" and their boyfriends cavorting, drinking and undressing at events like the famed Harley-Davidson rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Richard Prince's work has been among the most innovative art produced in the United States during the past 30 years. His deceptively simple act in 1977 of rephotographing advertising images and presenting them as his own ushered in an entirely new, critical approach to art-making − one that questioned notions of originality and the privileged status of the unique aesthetic object. Prince's technique involves appropriation; he pilfers freely from the vast image bank of popular culture to create works that simultaneously embrace and critique a quintessentially American sensibility.