"It was time to pay homage to an artist I really like. Some people worship at the altar - I believe in de Kooning." --Richard Prince
Paris: Gagosian Gallery, 2011.
4to.; 68pp; fully illustrated in tipped in color plates and full bleed illustrations; blue cloth stamped in white with color illustration affixed to front board; fine.
First edition. Prince’s de Kooning series is a process of interaction with the canonic imagery of the Abstract Expressionist idol Willem de Kooning. The idea for these edgy Oedipal works came to him when he was leafing through a catalogue of de Kooning’s Women series. He started sketching over the paintings, sometimes drawing a man to de Kooning’s woman. As time went on, he began applying fragments of male and female torsos, genitalia, thighs, and facial features, cut and pasted from catalogues and vintage porn magazines, as well as drawing with graphite and oil crayon, adding outlines, silhouettes and textures to the original figures that further blur the distinction between de Kooning’s imagery and Prince’s own.