Prince~Richard – ‘Bettie Kline’*
Publisher: Gagosian Gallery New York Year: 2009 ISBN: 978-1-935263-00-5 Hardcover, 28.3 x 36.2 cm; 62 pages; fully illustrated, first edition Condition: mint, as new
Richard Prince's artist's book starts with the premise that painter Franz Kline and Irving and Paula Klaw both pursued their "artistic practice" at the same Manhattan address during the fifties; perhaps sharing models, one of which was Bettie Page. Prince juxtaposes appropriated images of Bettie Page alongside those of Kline and his works to set up a frisson between the pin-up legend's limbs/torso and the pioneering Abstract Expressionist's bold calligraphic brushstrokes.
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