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YARD WORK: RICHARD PRINCE'S “UPSTATE”

AFTER ALMOST TWO DECADES of making images of indoor worlds—rephotographing magazine and advertising images, or shooting portraits of the paintings lying around his studio—Richard Prince finally lugged his camera outside. Of late he's been taking photographs in and around the upstate New York town he moved to several years ago. On paper it sounds like a dramatic departure, but one of the more surprising aspects of Prince's new work is how quietly yet persuasively it insists that there is no essential difference between making pictures of other pictures and making pictures of the world at large.

ln “Upstate,” an exhibition held this past spring at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, Prince underscored this point by displaying a mix of recent and older works. (MAK, Vienna mounted a similar show simultaneously.) The Girl Next Door, a near-perfect book produced in conjunction

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