Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina. Photo: Leonard Greco

 

Stephen Prina (*1954) is a key member of a post-conceptualist movement that emerged in the later 1980s and 1990s, with practices rooted in everyday culture that offered critiques of social and institutional systems. Alongside contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Mike Kelley, Prina developed a varied body of work that entwines allusions to art, film, music and life, which surface and resurface from one project to the next in a vast network of references. Working between Los Angeles and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Prina has influenced generations of contemporary artists through both his art and his teaching at Harvard University.

 

Stephen Prina Artist Talk
Bergen Kunsthall, February 27–April 3, 2009
Works
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2018

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2018
Digital print on vinyl banner
320.2 × 727.5 × 5.1 cm
1260 5/8 × 2864 1/8 × 20 inches

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, 246 of 556, Portrait de Marie Lafébure à Cheval (Portrait of Marie Lafébure on Horseback) , 1875, Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo, July 18, 2015, +, PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled, 1999-2015, 2015

Stephen Prina
Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet
246 of 556
Portrait de Marie Lafébure à Cheval (Portrait of Marie Lafébure on Horseback)
1875
Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo
July 18, 2015
+
PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled
1999-2015
, 2015
Ink wash on rag, barrier paper and offset lithography on paper
Left: 90 × 116.5 cm (framed)
Right: 66 × 83 cm
(framed)
Left: 35.43 × 45.87 inches (framed)
Right: 25.98 × 32.68 inches (framed)

Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015
Acrylic on linen, window blind mechanism, Rookwood Pottery 1920, Festzelgarnitur, fabric
Dimensions variable

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Crate, 4 cushions, 5 Samson SA200 Power Amplifiers, 1 power distributor, 1 playback unit Allan & Heath, 8 Boston Acoustics HSi -270 In-ceiling speakers built in a wooden box, 1 Boston Acoustics HSi-270 In-ceiling speaker built in a wooden box, cables

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000
16 mm film, color, with sound
21:30 min

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
A Structural Analysis and Reconstruction of MS7098 as Determined by the Difference Between the Measurements of Duration and Displacement, 1980–90

Stephen Prina
A Structural Analysis and Reconstruction of MS7098 as Determined by the Difference Between the Measurements of Duration and Displacement, 1980–90
12 inch Phonograph record with insert poster, 1980
Available at the Music Box, $8.99
Design program, 1984 (poster, merchandising display, and publicity photograph)
Reconstituted arrangement, 1990 (pressed vinyl, offset lithography on paper, gelatin silver print on masonite, gelatin silver print, integrated amplifier, turntable, headphones, table, two chairs, lacquer-rubbed maple)

Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011

Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011
Acrylic enamel on PU coating on poplar plywood, linen and metal

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Digital C-print on Fuji DpII Gloss Paper, fabric, wood
68.4 × 60.4 cm (framed)
27 × 23 7/8 inches (framed)

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Push Comes to Love: Yellow, 1999

Stephen Prina
Push Comes to Love: Yellow, 1999
Photo screenprint with acrylic and acrylic enamel on canvas
150.8 × 121 cm
47 5/8 × 59 3/8 inches

Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017
Mediterranean Cypress, Aromatic Cedar, Ponderosa Pine, Mahogany, Birch veneer plywood, metal, fabric
215.5 × 218.5 × 76.5 cm
84 7/8 × 86 × 30 1/8 inches

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07

Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07
Acrylic and acrylic enamel on linen, acrylic on plywood, acrylic enamel on wall, 9 Boston Acoustics Dsi265 Speakers, Alesis ADAT-HD24 XR digital hard disk recorder, 5 Samson® Servo 200 power amplifiers, Monster Cable, Furman PL Plus-/E II Power Conditioner, Duratran on EFRA Lichtwerbung, ETC Source 4 Jr. Spotlight, FLOR carpet
700 × 1250 cm
275 5/8 × 492 1/8 inches

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Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina
Untitled, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, 259 of 556 Portrait de Stéphane Mallarmé (Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé), 1876 Jeu de Paume, Louvre, Paris 2018, +, PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled 1999-2018, 2018

Stephen Prina
Untitled, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet
259 of 556 Portrait de Stéphane Mallarmé (Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé)
1876 Jeu de Paume, Louvre, Paris 2018
+
PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled 1999-2018
, 2018
Cord, brass escutcheon pins, spray paint
Left: 36.8 × 45.4 cm
Right: 75.6 × 92.7 cm
Left: 14 1/2 × 17 7/8 inches
Right: 29 3/4 × 36 1/2 inches

Details
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2018
Digital print on vinyl banner
320.2 × 727.5 × 5.1 cm
1260 5/8 × 2864 1/8 × 20 inches

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2018
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2018 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2018
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2016 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2016
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2016 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2016
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015
Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois
, 2016 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Harbor Lights Supper Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 1947-1986, former site, 2015 , Photography: Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg, Illinois, 2016
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet
246 of 556
Portrait de Marie Lafébure à Cheval (Portrait of Marie Lafébure on Horseback)
1875
Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo
July 18, 2015
+
PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled
1999-2015
, 2015
Ink wash on rag, barrier paper and offset lithography on paper
Left: 90 × 116.5 cm (framed)
Right: 66 × 83 cm
(framed)
Left: 35.43 × 45.87 inches (framed)
Right: 25.98 × 32.68 inches (framed)

Stephen Prina
Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, 246 of 556, Portrait de Marie Lafébure à Cheval (Portrait of Marie Lafébure on Horseback) , 1875, Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo, July 18, 2015, +, PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled, 1999-2015, 2015
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015
Acrylic on linen, window blind mechanism, Rookwood Pottery 1920, Festzelgarnitur, fabric
Dimensions variable

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,
PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,
PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP
, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
Blind No. 28, Twenty-five-foot Ceiling or Lower,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 7666CP,, PANTONE® 7666CP/PANTONE® 5405CP,, PANTONE® 625CP/PANTONE® 5757CP, 2015
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Crate, 4 cushions, 5 Samson SA200 Power Amplifiers, 1 power distributor, 1 playback unit Allan & Heath, 8 Boston Acoustics HSi -270 In-ceiling speakers built in a wooden box, 1 Boston Acoustics HSi-270 In-ceiling speaker built in a wooden box, cables

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

Ode to Galesburg, 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , Ode to Galesburg, 2015
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000
16 mm film, color, with sound
21:30 min

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000 (film still)

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000 (film still)

Stephen Prina
Vinyl II, 2000
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002 (detail)

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002 (detail)

Stephen Prina
Sonic Dan, 2002
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
A Structural Analysis and Reconstruction of MS7098 as Determined by the Difference Between the Measurements of Duration and Displacement, 1980–90
12 inch Phonograph record with insert poster, 1980
Available at the Music Box, $8.99
Design program, 1984 (poster, merchandising display, and publicity photograph)
Reconstituted arrangement, 1990 (pressed vinyl, offset lithography on paper, gelatin silver print on masonite, gelatin silver print, integrated amplifier, turntable, headphones, table, two chairs, lacquer-rubbed maple)

Stephen Prina
A Structural Analysis and Reconstruction of MS7098 as Determined by the Difference Between the Measurements of Duration and Displacement, 1980–90
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011
Acrylic enamel on PU coating on poplar plywood, linen and metal

Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
As He Remembered It, 2011
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Digital C-print on Fuji DpII Gloss Paper, fabric, wood
68.4 × 60.4 cm (framed)
27 × 23 7/8 inches (framed)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+

John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983
Photographer unknown

All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+, , John Cage, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 1983, Photographer unknown, , All documentation of John Cage’s visit to Knox College in February 1972—including photographic documentation and an audio recording of his talk—is missing from the Knox College Library. This photograph holds the place of the earlier event., 2015
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Push Comes to Love: Yellow, 1999
Photo screenprint with acrylic and acrylic enamel on canvas
150.8 × 121 cm
47 5/8 × 59 3/8 inches

Stephen Prina
Push Comes to Love: Yellow, 1999
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017
Mediterranean Cypress, Aromatic Cedar, Ponderosa Pine, Mahogany, Birch veneer plywood, metal, fabric
215.5 × 218.5 × 76.5 cm
84 7/8 × 86 × 30 1/8 inches

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017 (detail)

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017 (detail)

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners: Three Wood Shavings, 2017
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07
Acrylic and acrylic enamel on linen, acrylic on plywood, acrylic enamel on wall, 9 Boston Acoustics Dsi265 Speakers, Alesis ADAT-HD24 XR digital hard disk recorder, 5 Samson® Servo 200 power amplifiers, Monster Cable, Furman PL Plus-/E II Power Conditioner, Duratran on EFRA Lichtwerbung, ETC Source 4 Jr. Spotlight, FLOR carpet
700 × 1250 cm
275 5/8 × 492 1/8 inches

Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07
Stephen Prina
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07 (Installation View)

Stephen Prina
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex, 2005–07
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
Untitled, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet
259 of 556 Portrait de Stéphane Mallarmé (Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé)
1876 Jeu de Paume, Louvre, Paris 2018
+
PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled 1999-2018
, 2018
Cord, brass escutcheon pins, spray paint
Left: 36.8 × 45.4 cm
Right: 75.6 × 92.7 cm
Left: 14 1/2 × 17 7/8 inches
Right: 29 3/4 × 36 1/2 inches

Stephen Prina
Untitled, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, 259 of 556 Portrait de Stéphane Mallarmé (Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé), 1876 Jeu de Paume, Louvre, Paris 2018, +, PUSH COMES TO LOVE, Untitled 1999-2018, 2018
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Current and Upcoming
Stephen Prina
Installation view, English for Foreigners, Museo Madre, Naples, 2017. Photo: Amedeo Benestante

Stephen Prina
English for Foreigners
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
February 7–September 26, 2020

In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), exhibitions, events and talks are subject to change.

Stephen Prina's first exhibition to take place in Mexico, English for Foreigners looks back to the first half of the 20th century, a time when the artist's father traveled from fascist Italy to the United States, and compares the two cultures' respective standards of the “model citizen”. Prina transforms the exhibition, which includes visual elements, sound pieces, and performance, into a time traveling journey that analyzes 20th century history and the relationship between a father and his son.

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Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
July 1–September 20, 2020

In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), exhibitions, events and talks are subject to change.

This group exhibition presents the legendary founding years (1970–80) of the American art university California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), which gathered numerous well-known teachers and personalities such as Allan Kaprow, Judy Chicago, John Baldessari and Alison Knowles and brought forth such artists as Mike Kelly, Stephen Prina and Suzanne Lacy.

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Stephen Prina
John Baldessari, Teaching a Plant the Alphabet, 1972. Courtesy the Estate of John Baldessari
Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina
galesburg, illinois+
May 12–August 11, 2018
Los Angeles

The fourth iteration of Stephen Prina's wide-ranging project galesburg, illinois+, this exhibition is the artist's first with Sprüth Magers. Prina's work has moved nimbly between painting, sculpture, photography, installation and conceptual practices since the late 1970s. Impossible to categorize within any one medium or approach, his projects mine art historical references, personal biography, musical compositions, and institutional and cultural histories, which he spins into bodies of work that function as complex networks of objects and information.

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Press

Post-Performance Painting
Mousse, essay by Marie de Brugerolle, Winter 2019

Art Talk, Stephen Prina
KCRW, review by Hunter Drohojoska-Philp, May 17, 2018

Los Angeles, Stephen Prina, Sprüth Magers
Artforum, review by David Muenzer, May 25, 2018

Naples, Stephen Prina, Museo MADRE
Artforum, review by Paola Nicolin, July 2017

Stephen Prina
Studio International, interview by Allie Biswas, May 17, 2016

Design Beyond Reach
Artforum, essay by Alex Kitnick, Summer 2013

Stephen Prina: In the Studio
Art in America, interview by Steel Stillman, May 2013

Biography

Stephen Prina (*1954, Galesburg, IL) lives and works in Los Angeles and Cambridge, MA, where he is Professor, Department of the Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University. Solo exhibitions include Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2020), Museo Madre, Naples (2017), Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2016), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2015), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013), Vienna Secession (2011), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2011), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2010), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville (2008), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2000), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1992), and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1989). Selected group exhibitions include mumok, Vienna (2018), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015–16), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012), Whitney Biennial, New York (2008), Documenta IX, Kassel (1992), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1992), 51st Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1991), and 44th Venice Biennale (1990).

Education
1980 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1977 BFA, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1974 AA, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL
Teaching
2004– Harvard University, Cambridge, Professor, Visual and Environmental Studies
2003 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Sabbatical, Fine Art Graduate Studies
2001–02 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Acting Chair, Fine Art Graduate Studies
2000 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, visiting faculty
1994 California Institute of the Arts, visiting faculty, two-week workshop
1987 California Institute of the Arts, visiting faculty, Fall semester
1981–87 Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, faculty
1980–03 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Core Faculty
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2003 Guggenheim Fellowship
1996 Künstlerhaus Bethanien Philip Morris Kunstförderung, Berlin
1995 Hirsch Farm Project: Conviviality, Hirsch Farm Project, Hillsboro, WI
1990 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship
1988 Engelhard Foundation Fellowship
1987 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship
1985 Foundation for Art Resources Grant
Curatorial Projects
1994 Nor Here Neither There, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
1981 Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
Public Collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Vancouver Art Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York