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I don't see any difference now between what I collect and what I make.
—Richard Prince

Gagosian New York is pleased to present Richard Prince's Untitled (original) series.

An avid yet assiduous collector, Prince has amassed an unrivaled library, which was the subject of the major exhibition “Richard Prince: American Prayer” at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2011. The core of Prince's collection comprises rare and iconic books, manuscripts, letters, and contemporary art from the beat, hippie, pulp, and punk eras. It begins in 1949, the year of his birth and the same year that George's Orwell's 1984—the first rare book he ever bought at auction—was published. Prince often blurs the line between his art and his collecting: nurse paperbacks were the impetus for the Nurse paintings (2002–08), while the composite variations on de Kooning's Women began with collaging and painting over reproductions in an exhibition catalogue.

Many of Prince's Untitled (original) works (2000–) pair vintage adult novels with the original artworks for their covers: each "diptych" shows the transformation from painting or drawing to printed jacket. His meticulous assembling of these related artifacts is evidence of a passionate bibliophilia. Among the illustrated subjects are a cowboy's hat and holster draped over a makeshift grave for the novel Massacre Trail; a female nurse twirling a flower in front of a towering wave (Surfing Nurse); and a woman smoking in an untidy apartment (Reefer Girl). In a Hollywood twist, an illustration of the late actor Charles Bronson as a cowboy is accompanied by his autographed photographic portrait and three canceled checks. Some of the original works are signed by the artists, alluding to the fact that Prince has gone one step beyond his own strategy of appropriation, turning authorship on its head by dissolving the boundary between creator and collector.

Picture Books: Percival Everett and Brandon Taylor

Picture Books: Percival Everett and Brandon Taylor

The second installment of Picture Books, an imprint organized by Emma Cline and Gagosian, presents author Percival Everett’s novella Grand Canyon, Inc. alongside Untitled (Original Cowboy), a photograph by Richard Prince. In celebration of the publication, Everett met with author Brandon Taylor to discuss the novella, the role of history in the writing process, and the similarity in methodologies for science and literature.

Richard Prince: Cowboy

Richard Prince: Cowboy

On the occasion of the publication of Richard Prince: Cowboy, a major monograph on the artist’s preoccupation with the mythic American West, Lucy Sante tracks the archetype through mass media, advertising, and the art of Richard Prince to illuminate the cowboy’s enduring appeal.

Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.

The Right Time

The Right Time

Natasha Stagg on influencers, the loss of the it-girl, and the “promotional life.”

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.

Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

James Lawrence explores how contemporary artists have grappled with the subject of the library.

Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.

Richard Prince

Richard Prince

Text by Richard Hell.

Richard Prince: Early Photography, 1977–87 poster

Richard Prince: Early Photography, 1977–87

$20
Cover of the book Richard Prince: The Entertainers

Richard Prince: The Entertainers

$75
Cover of the book Grand Canyon, Inc. by Percival Everett

Grand Canyon, Inc. / Untitled (Original Cowboy)

From $40
Richard Prince: Untitled (Tire Planter)

Richard Prince: Untitled (Tire Planter)

$2,000
Front of Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Wrestling Hoodie

Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Wrestling Hoodie

$1,860
Cover of the book Richard Prince: High Times

Richard Prince: High Times

$100
Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Workwear Ottoman

Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Workwear Ottoman

$10,000
Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg: Flower Biker Lounge Chair

Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg: Flower Biker Lounge Chair

$20,000
Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Color Belt Ottoman

Darren Romanelli for Katz + Dogg Color Belt Ottoman

$10,000