Richard Prince presents his ‘De Kooning series at the Gagosian Gallery Paris, his ‘American Prayer‘is also showing at the moment at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The idea for the exhibition came “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.”

“Both homage and desecration, the de Kooning paintings exemplify Prince’s vision of a “Spiritual America,” a historical consciousness fueled by a pervasive desire for rebellion and reinvention.”

The exhibition will run untill the 21st May at the Gagosian Gallery, 4 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris.

Source: Purple Diary