Richard Prince presents his ‘De Kooning’ series at the Gagosian Gallery Paris until the 21st of May.
His ‘American Prayer‘ is simultaneously on show until the 26th of June 2011 at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Richard came up with the idea for the exhibition whilst browsing through a catalogue of Willem de Kooning’s woman series.
He confidently began to paint over the images, collaging them, transforming them. From an XXL penis to other genitals, from a man to a woman, he simply couldn’t help himself.
Willem de Kooning (* 24. April 1904 in Rotterdam; † 19. March 1997 in Springs, Long Island, New York) was an American painter of Dutch origin. He was a key figure of Abstract Expressionism, paving the way for Action Paintings.
Richard on his work : "It was time to pay homage to an artist I really like. Some people worship at the altar - I believe in de Kooning."
Richard Prince was born in 1949 in Panama Canal Zone. His works primarily explores the trivial myths of American everyday culture.
His work is displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992); in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1993); in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam(1993); etc, etc, etc.
His guest appearance in Cologne, 1990 at Jablonka Galerie, Köln and Gisela Capitain, Köln: "Richard Prince: Jokes, Gangs, Hoods" is simply unforgettable.
He lives and works in New York.
De Kooking by Richard Prince
Gagosian Gallery, 4 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 - 19:00