Before I turned up at the Sadie Coles Gallery for this show I thought I didn’t know Richard Prince, but a quick scan through one of his books on display and I realised I’ve been seeing, and loving his work for ages. Whether it was the nurse painting nicked by Sonic Youth for the Sonic Nurse sleeve, the Marlboro Man repurposings that get art experts (and lawyers) in a tizzy, or the recent Instagram snaps that are worth north of six figures, he’s been a constant experimenter and mass media figure. This show contains elements of his classic work; blown up dirty postcards are reproduced, on a huge scale, but over the top Prince has painted wild, naive-art figures. What’s most enjoyable is the trick that Prince seems most adept at: there’s no doubt that there is thought and depth to these pictures but if you wanted to take them at surface value they are still joyful, colourful wonders. It’s only a small exhibition, but hey, it’s free, fun and a rare chance to see a modern master. What’s not to like?
Where: Sadie Coles Gallery, 1 Davies Street, W1K 3DB
When: Until June 18
Nearest Tube: Green Park