PRINT March 2003

’80s THEN

Richard Prince

STEVE LAFRENIERE: You weren’t in Douglas Crimp’s “Pictures” exhibition, but a lot of people seem to think you were, maybe because of your later association with Helene Winer, who was at Artists Space before starting Metro Pictures. Did you feel a kinship to the artists in the “Pictures” show?

RICHARD PRINCE: I’ve never said this before, but Doug Crimp actually asked me to be in that show. I read his essay and told him it was for shit, that it sounded like Roland Barthes. We haven’t spoken since. I didn’t know anybody in the show at the time. I later became friends with Troy Brauntuch. I still like his work.

SL: What you read didn’t ring true in terms of what you were doing?

RP: I guess that in those days I didn’t particularly understand the relationship between artist and critic, and I didn’t care to establish any relationship. Critics tried to tell you what you were doing, and wanted you to

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