Richard Prince, Graduate Nurse, 2002, ink jet print and acrylic on canvas, 89 x 52".


Richard Prince

Astrup Fearnley Museet
Strandpromenaden 2
January 21–April 29, 2007

Curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hanne Beate Ueland

Forget Spiritual America, 1983; Second House, 2001–2004; the fictional artist John Dogg; and the photos of girlfriends, cowboys, and celebrities—this monographic show promises to trace Richard Prince’s development as a “serious” painter. Curators Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hanne Beate Ueland have selected some forty canvases, ranging from his first abstract landscapes and joke paintings of the 1980s to more recent works featuring bank checks and naughty nurses. While this curatorial angle certainly reflects speculators’ current love affair with Mr. Prince the painter, do these works really make sense in isolation from the crafty chameleon’s other artistic guises? If the show itself doesn’t answer this question, the intriguing lineup of writers for the catalogue—including RP’s spiritual descendants John Kelsey and Nate Lowman—should provide further enlightenment.