Contemporary art star Richard Prince is perhaps best known for the cover of a Sonic Youth album, entitled Sonic Nurse, an image he had appropriated from a pulp romance novel. The American artist continues to seriously annoy anyone who considers that millions of dollars and the wasted punk credo don’t necessarily sit well together. Since the mid– 1970s, Prince has been the ultimate champion of appropriation art, which has often led him straight to court. This was the case — again — last year when the photographer Patrick Cariou accused him of using images from his Yes Rasta book for some 40 pieces of work called Canal Zone. Prince had added paint and collage to the original works. During a private showing organised by Larry Gagosian, several pieces in the series were allegedly sold for over $10 million. On appeal, the court found in Prince’s favour on grounds of fair use, a concept in American law that authorises an artist to base his or her work on an existing piece of work, even one that is protected by intellectual property laws. The Almine Rech gallery in Paris will be exhibiting works from Canal Zone and some of Prince’s recent paintings. The fetishist selection featured in the show can be followed online at the artist’s ultra–chic bookshop– cum–gallery, Fultonryder.com GALERIE ALMINE RECH (!Paris!),
from 20th October to 20th December 2014.