Richard E. Prince

49th Parallel

This show presents five of Richard E. Prince’s works from the past seven years. All but one are accompanied by perfectly finished, small-scale models. In the mid ’70s, Prince made stage sets that depicted natural phenomena (such as wind) as theatrical devices. These little machines, contained in cases of wood or glass, showed the artist’s early interest in simultaneously creating and revealing illusions. This interest continued in a series of freestanding nude sculptures that drew attention to their dual reality as both inanimate objects and representations of human beings. By the early ’80s, Prince began to experiment with models of 18th-century devices used to illustrate the scientific discoveries of the Enlightenment. Taking his cue from the artist Joseph Wright of Derby, he focused on such devices as the orrery, or model of the solar system. Parts of the Orrery, 1982–84, is a progression

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