To Richard Prince, Best, Kurt Cobain, 9/25/96, from the series "All The Best", Richard Prince
Richard Prince
To Richard Prince, Best, Kurt Cobain, 9/25/96, from the series "All The Best"
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Richard Prince

To Richard Prince, Best, Kurt Cobain, 9/25/96, from the series "All The Best", 2000


Blatt
24.3 x 19.0 cm
Physical Description
C-Print
Inventory Number
DZF 67e
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The joke is in the cliché! Andy Warhol's disciple Richard Prince provides the consumer art market with pointed imagery. The trivial subject, elevated to the position of artificial eye-catcher, provides the willing customer-collectors with the delights of ordinariness. Postcard photos of celebrated idols, adorned with the monotonous dedication "To Richard Prince" and the routine wish "All the Best", gratify the artist, who represents the fans. The expression of sympathetic proximity is deceptive, however. With her aura, the diva gazing upwards on a black-and-white print seems more familiar to the viewer than her later rival in colour, because the stars of the entertainment business behave in a uniformly sterile manner on pop posters. They sign their portraits with empty phrases, Courtney Love and Cameron Diaz just as much as Mike Tyson and Keanu Reeves. Prince merely ennobles the stereotype with his signature - and that has its price. A cowboy, summoned from the Marlboro advertisements, but changed in format and colour, is photographed several times with evident irony. In Prince's work, even jokes that are written on a canvas maintain their status as art.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
To Richard Prince, Best, Kurt Cobain, 9/25/96, from the series "All The Best" (Original Title)
Photographer
Series
To Richard Prince, from the series "All The Best"
Part Number / Total
5 / 12
Serial Number / Edition
U / 26 + 4 AP
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
C-Print
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet oben links: To Richard Prince / Best / Kurt Cobain / 9/25/96

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Richard Prince
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

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Motifs and References

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Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Medium
  • Nirvana: Smells like teen spirit, Nevermind, 1991

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Secondary
  • 49L7 handwriting, written text

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16.09.2019