Covering Hannah (1987 Grand National)


1987 Buick Regal and vinyl wrapping

145 x 505 x 183 cm (57 1/16 x 198 13/16 x 72 1/16 in.)

A Buick entirely covered with a vinyl print featuring the bodies of large, naked women is the subject of Covering Hannah (1987 Grand National). Through the shedding of its body, the car becomes the ultimate object of male heterosexual desire.

American artist Richard Prince appropriates images from 1970s mass media, advertising and entertainment, some of them erotic, such as Playboy covers, in order to question the concept of the authorship of the work of art. Taking a resolutely ironic approach, he reproduces and recounts the myths and symbols rooted in the American collective imagination, right down to its most trivial motifs.

Covering Hannah (1987 Grand National) was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the 2009 group show "Mapping the studio" at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.