Dennis Wilson (hood)


Car hood and fiberglass

166.4 × 191.8 × 15 cm (65 1/2 × 75 1/2 × 5 7/8 in.)

A cross between painting and sculpture, Dennis Wilson (Hood), uses a metal car hood as a support and motif. Seen from the front, this "painting" does not reveal its reliefs, which are hidden under a layer of acrylic paint whose flat areas and colours underscore the recycled material’s original structure.

In his installations and paintings, Richard Prince re-appropriates not only the symbols and motifs of the American myth but also cast-off materials and objects, which he turns into surfaces. This work, a car body taken from a Dennis Wilson, removed from its original context and covered in paint, ends up resembling an abstract painting.

Dennis Wilson (Hood) is in the Pinault Collection alongside other works by Prince. It was presented for the first time at the major group show "Mapping the Studio" at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2009.