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Lithograph with collage with offset lithography, hand colouring, hand cutting and pencil
18.90 x 23.82 in (48.0 x 60.5 cm). Frame measurements are 54.0 cm x 67.0 cm x 4.0 cm.
From a limited edition of 96. Hand signed and numbered by the artist, recto.
Full invoice documentation available upon request.
Sold framed (float mounted in a white box frame to museum quality standard using archival materials). Print in excellent condition.
Notes: This piece draws upon Prince’s infamous Nurse series, using as their starting point the pulp fiction genre of medical romance novels. The nurse’s face mask is accentuated, protecting her anonymity and allowing her to become a cipher for the viewer’s fantasies. The piece manifest a deep sense of nostalgia which draws on our collective view of the angel of mercy, an image from sixties America, but avoid becoming maudlin by retaining a hip edge.
While each of Prince’s nurse works has their own distinctive aesthetic, they share many of the aspects that have characterised Richard Prince’s works – both photographic and painting – over the years. There is the element of pop appropriation that lies at the core of the Cowboys, Girlfriends or more recent Publicity photographs. The marriage of Prince’s recent high, painterly aesthetic with the low origins of the subject matter, has by no means led to a muted meeting on a middle ground. Each end holds its own, and they sit surprisingly easily together.