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Title
Untitled (Hood)
Date
1989
Dimensions
actual 57 × 31.5 × 4 inches
Materials
oil, autobody compound, fiberglass on wood
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Paintings (Paintings)
Accession Number
1996.189
Inscriptions
in black ink on reverse at upper right “R Prince”; in black ink on reverse at upper right “1989”
Physical Description
matte gray automobile hood (hood DC 104)
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Richard Prince, Untitled (Hood) (1989) Walker Art Center, 1998

In the late 1980s, American artist Richard Prince asked himself how he could create a painting when commercial images already permeated every aspect of the postmodern world. His solution was to “paint something that got painted in real life.” The resulting series of works, though resembling sleek, non-objective, modernist paintings, was actually created from “muscle-car” hoods–specialty hoods available through mail-order.

This customized car hood, like others in the series, was stripped of its defining features at an auto body shop, reshaped to a square format (like a traditional painting) in the artist’s studio, and repainted with a pristine matte finish. By appropriating this object, celebrated by a particular group of fast-car aficionados as high art, Prince questions the promises of a high modernist utopia.

Label text for Richard Prince, Untitled (Hood) (1989), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center