Graduation Year


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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

Reader 1

Mary MacNaughton

Reader 2

Priyanka Basu

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This thesis explores the re-photography of contemporary artist, Richard Prince. Using Lacanian theories of the gaze and of the drive cycle, it attempts to establish desire as the central theme of Prince's work. It looks primarily at the Cowboys, Girlfriends, and New Portraits, in order to combat the dominant perception of Prince's work as critical commentary on contemporary consumer culture.