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Girlfriend, from the series Cowboys and Girlfriends

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Richard Prince, Girlfriend, from the series Cowboys and Girlfriends, 1992, chromogenic print, Gift of Sandra Phillips in honor of Terry Toedtemeier, © artist or other rights holder, 2009.11

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Title

Girlfriend, from the series Cowboys and Girlfriends

Related Titles

series (original language): Cowboys and Girlfriends

Artist

Richard Prince (American, born 1949)

Date

1992

Medium

chromogenic print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

24 in x 20 in

Collection Area

Photography; Modern and Contemporary Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Sandra Phillips in honor of Terry Toedtemeier

Accession Number

2009.11

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

chromogenic color prints

photographs

Terry Toedtemeier Memorial Gifts

Description

Since the 1980s, provocative contemporary artist Richard Prince has challenged concepts of authorship by rephotographing mass-media images created by others. He manipulates and then claims these new works as his own, resituating them in the space of the art gallery and the museum. For his Cowboys and Girlfriends series, Prince selected and cropped photographs from the famous Marlboro Man cigarette ads, as well as pictures culled from biker magazines of women posing provocatively on motorcycles. The series suggests that the ubiquity of such imagery reinforces gender and social stereotypes. In 2011, adding to the long-standing debate over mass-produced images, originality, and authorship, a federal court found Prince guilty of copyright infringement for his appropriation of more than forty photographs from Patrick Cariou’s series Yes Rasta.

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