Research & Exhibitions

American Prayer is a Richard Prince exhibition, staged at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2011. Well-known for his cow boy photographs illustrating Marlboro advertising campaigns and for his series of nurse paintings, the artist is the best at depicting the American fin de siècle. This was the first monographic exhibition on Richard Prince organised in Paris. The exhibition focused 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. Thanks to a musical background - including works by Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground – and to his collaboration with David Adjaye, Richard Prince portrays an American continent scoffing at its myths, introduced in a beat, hippie or punk context. 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, designed by David Adjaye, with walls that have been covered with fake books conceived by Richard Prince and treasures rarely presented before.

American Prayer

Paris, 2011


  • Adjaye Associates


  • Richard Prince
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