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When did Richard Prince Change his Name to Vincent?

According to Jessica Armbruster’s March 19th City Pages review of Richard Prince: Spiritual America, on view at the Walker, “ those familiar with the incredibly varied work of Vincent Prince have seen appropriation, pop culture, and cultural criticism battle it out over the span of his 30-year career.” Prince is known for being cagey about […]

According to Jessica Armbruster’s March 19th City Pages review of Richard Prince: Spiritual America, on view at the Walker, “ those familiar with the incredibly varied work of Vincent Prince have seen appropriation, pop culture, and cultural criticism battle it out over the span of his 30-year career.”

Prince is known for being cagey about his biography, so this typographical blip is particularly amusing. Perhaps we can’t say with any degree of certainty that Richard Prince is the artist’s given name. Armbruster may be on to something, or she may be conflating Richard Prince with Vincent Price, which is an interesting marriage when you consider the string of celebrities present in Prince’s work. I’m not sure Prince would be opposed to keeping company with a horror film legend, and the cackling voice behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8[/youtube]

All right, forgive the six degrees of separation, but didn’t Michael Jackson date Brooke Shields? Miss. Spiritual America herself.

  • Cameron Wittig says:

    Talk about six degrees, check out these photos of Vincent Price visiting the Walker (with director Martin Friedman) in the mid 80’s:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkerart/2378297312/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkerart/2378297294/