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As Prince went from success to success in the downtown art world of the late 80s and early 90s, he b

As Prince went from success to success in the downtown art world of the late 80s and early 90s, he began partying harder and harder, to the point where something had to give. “Substance abuse was very much part of everyday life,” he recalls. “Sometimes it was a lot of fun. But one day you wake up and you look in the mirror and you know it has to stop.” Although Prince has long since curbed his own excesses, there were times when substances fueled his work. “They were the secret ingredient in the [early-90s Prince series] ‘White Paintings.’ Those were basically fueled by … the powder.”

In 1996, Prince relocated himself and his family 150 miles away in the foothills of the Catskills, where he proceeded to create his own artificial reality on a grand scale. Prince lives with his second wife, the artist Noel Grunwaldt, and their two children in an expansive, well-appointed farmhouse on 88 acres of land. (Prince’s real-estate portfolio also contains a $4 million house in Southampton, to which he recently added an adjacent property.)

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