Richard Prince: Cowboys
This book was published on the occasion of Richard Prince: Cowboys, an exhibition of the artist’s Cowboy paintings at Gagosian, Beverly Hills.
Over the last thirty years, the American cowboy has given rise to some of Prince’s most celebrated works. For his Cowboy paintings, Prince again tapped pulp fiction for inspiration. Directly inspired by the covers of so-called “frontier books,” he transferred to canvas greatly enlarged inkjet prints of scanned figures removed from their original settings. He then painted in, around, and over the prints in an uninhibited manner evocative of postwar American painting—from sedimentary layers and floating blocks of color to more animated swipes and splatters.
The publication documents more than fifty paintings that were in the exhibition and includes numerous full-bleed details of the works. A new text by James Frey inspired by the series is woven throughout the plates.