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Richard Prince

American artist and photographer born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone.
He lives and works in upstate New York.

His works have often been the subject of debates within the art world. Trained as a figure painter, Prince began creating collages containing photographs in 1975. His image, ‘Untitled (Cowboy), a rephotograph constructed from cigarette advertisements, was the first ‘photograph’ to raise more than $1 million at auction when it was sold at Christie's New York in 2005, despite violating numerous copyright laws.

Richard Prince the painter stands out with his globalist approach. He doesn’t limit himself to creating paintings only; he regularly participates in new and eccentric projects to do with design, sculpture, architecture and fashion.

Since his first solo exhibition, at Artists Space in New York in 1980, Prince has had shows at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1983), Le Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble (1988), IVAM Centre del Carme in Valencia (1989), Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1992), Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany (1997), MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles (2000), Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (2001), and Kunsthalle Zürich (2002), among other venues.

His work has appeared in the Wiener Internationale Biennale (1981), Bienal de São Paolo (1983), Whitney Biennial (1985, 1987, 1997, and 2004), Biennale of Sydney (1986), Venice Biennale (1988), Art et Publicité 1890–1990 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1990), Documenta (1992) etc.