In this work, Prince deploys an array of strategies (rephotographing black-and-white advertisments using color film, cropping, enlarging, grouping according to gesture) to undermine the seeming naturalness and inevitability of the generic mass cultural image, revealing it to be a fiction of society's desires. Whether the women are deflecting unwelcome stares or inwardly musing, Prince's triptych implicates both the artist and viewer in the play of gazes. In doing so, he describes our spectacle culture not merely as an accumulation of stereotypical images, but as an internal condition that shapes identity and defines the individual's relation to society.
the artist; [Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York City]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection IV," November 20, 2001–May 12, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography on Photography, from the 1960s to the Present," April 8, 2008–October 19, 2008.