PRINCE’S PRIN­CI­PLES

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - TRENDS -

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.

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