- Klaus Ottmann
(b Panama Canal Zone, Aug 6, 1949).
American painter, sculptor, and photographer. An enigmatic, tight-lipped artist whose biography consists mostly of fictional accounts, he is best known for his Cowboys series (1980–84), photographic appropriations of Marlboro cigarette advertisements that glorified the American West. Prince may have gotten the idea to create collages and rephotographed ‘copies’ of existing images while he was working in the Time-Life Building in New York in the 1970s, cutting texts out of magazines for copywriters. Works made during the 1980s also include the Gangs series, rephotographed images of biker girls and fashion models, usually framed (or ‘ganged’ together) in groups of nine or twelve. Together with Sherrie Levine, Prince constituted the second generation of appropriation artists (after Elaine Sturtevant and Richard Pettibone (b 1938) who began appropriating works by Pop artists in the 1960s), as part of the so-called ‘pictures generation’.
In the late 1980s Prince began making Joke...