Richard Prince (born 1949) is an American artist living and working in New York. This controversial artist works in photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing. Included in the list of appropriation artists, Prince notably lost a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2011 for his appropriations of photographer Patrick Cariou’s portraits of Jamaican Rastafarians. The discussion of appropriation art and copyright issues continue within the art world.
Richard Prince studied at Nasson College in Maine, and was highly influenced by abstract artists including Jackson Pollock. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Gagosian Gallery and the Whitney Museum. His works have drawn inspiration from old advertising campaigns, appropriating cigarette advertisements, pop culture, and creating “rephotographs” based on other artists’ earlier photographs and images. Prince’s other collections have included rephotographs of cowboys, Marlboro men, visual representations of jokes, and celebrities. Prince continues to push the boundaries of copyright, creating an appropriated reproduction of the Catcher in the Rye, a novel by?Richard Prince.