Richard Prince. American Prayer





L’exposition Richard Prince. American Prayer (en référence à la poésie de Jim Morrison) montrera un aspect inédit de l’artiste : un fervent bibliophile et collectionneur de la culture pop et des contre-cultures américaines des années 1950 à 1980, qui sont autant d’inspiration pour son oeuvre de photographe et de peintre.
En dialogue avec une sélection de livres rares, de manuscrits de Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau et Genet, de magazines underground européens, de livres populaires puisés dans les collections de la BnF, sur lesquels Richard Prince projette d’intervenir, l’artiste dévoile pour la première fois quelques-uns des trésors de sa bibliothèque personnelle… Tableaux, dessins, photographies, livres d’artistes, manuscrits et objets illustrent son univers personnel entre culture savante et culture populaire, entre Amérique et Europe, selon une démarche artistique originale. L’exposition se conclut par une salle de lecture tapissée de faux livres conçus par Richard Prince et de trésors bibliophiliques rarement montrés, sa bibliothèque idéale ?

The title Richard Prince – American prayer refers to Jim Morrison’s poem. The exhibition focuses on a feature of personality never presented before. Richard Prince is a passionate booklover and a collector of American pop culture and countercultures from the 50s’ to the 80s’. This artistic movement has inspired his work as photographer and painter.
Rare books and manuscripts by Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau and Genet, European underground magazines and popular books, were selected among BnF’s collections. Richard Prince has planned to re-appropriate some of them, building bridges with several treasures from his private collection of books that were never previously put on display.
Paintings, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, manuscripts and objects illustrate the artist’s personal universe between high and low culture, between America and Europe. The exhibition ends with a reading room which walls have been covered with fake books conceived by Richard Prince and treasures rarely presented before.

29 mars – 26 juin 2011
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

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