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Prince presents Nurses, pulp fiction-style


Preview: Jack Foley

THE Sadie Coles HG in Heddon Street, London, is proud to present the third visit of artist, Richard Prince, for a vivid new series of figurative paintings, based around the theme of nurses.

The images use, as their starting point, the pulp fiction genre of medical romance novels.

Scanning in the front covers of stories with Nurse in the title, Prince has then applied deep layers of paint to the ink-jet surface, obscuring all other text and imagery so that only the nurse and her moniker remain.

Hence, exhibits include 'Surgical Nurse', 'Graduate Nurse,' and so on.

Against the vibrant background of passionate purples, greens and pinks, as well as other, more menacing, darker tones, the white of the nurses' uniform takes on an almost supernatural glow, with the balance of light and dark making for a rich sense of drama, melodrama even.

The nurse's face mask is accentuated, protecting her anonymity and allowing her to become a cipher for the viewer's fantasies.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Richard Prince's latest book, American English, based around the artist's collection of English and American First Editions.

Sadie Coles HQ, 35 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BP. Tel: 020 7434 2228

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