I paste below my 2009 discussion :
We have already discussed Richard Prince about his series of Nurses. The artist, working with reprographic printing processes, produces works of great size inspired by covers of cheap books showing nurses.
In photography, he is best known at auction for his series of Cowboys, also in very large formats, which divert publicity imaging.
We have now for the first time at auction a print, 237 x 190 cm, from the series Spiritual America, title of an exhibition he had made in New York in 2007. This print made two years earlier resulted from a collaboration with the photographer Sante D'Orazio and marked a new visit of the character of Brooke Shields by Prince.
We remember that Brooke made scandal in movies when playing the role of a child living in a brothel in Louis Malle's film "Pretty Baby" in 1978. In 1983, Prince held his own success when fraudulently diverting a publicity photograph on which Brooke was naked. He lost the case made against him by the actual photographer.
On the Spiritual America IV that comes at auction, the actress, 40 years old in 2005, is standing, wearing a string bikini, her feet hidden by a white fog of nitrogen according to the fashion of stage photos of rock and roll.