Richard Prince: American Prayer. By Richard Prince. Essays by Bob Rubin, Marie Minssieux-Chamonard and John McWhinnie. Gagosian Gallery, 2011. 600 pp., illustrated throughout, 6,5x9". Images from here.
I'm not always a fan of Richard Prince’s work, but it really is a treat to see the inspiration behind his work in the form of his book collection.
For me, it's adding more layers to his work and gives me another insight into his creative process (and of course I love book collections and book-related ephemera).
"A look into Richard Prince’s private library and his influences, published on the occasion of an exhibition of twentieth-century rare books and ephemera at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
'Richard Prince: American Prayer' is an accompanying volume that expands upon the presentation. Literary excerpts complement illustrations of artworks, showing the influence of the texts and Prince's book collection, including rare volumes such as 'Naked Lunch', Jack Kerouac's rolled manuscript for Big Sur, and editions of Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' in several languages.
'American Prayer' reveals the source for many of Prince’s well-known series and includes texts ranging from one-sentence quips to longer excerpts.
Robert Rubin is an art historian and collector of contemporary art and design. Marie Minssieux-Chamonard is a contemporary and rare book curator at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. John McWhinnie is a rare-book dealer and gallerist."