The big Guggenheim show of Richard Prince, entitled ‘Spiritual America’ is now up.
I hope to see it in person next month. I’ve seen the printed catalogue, which presents quite a nice selection of his appropriations and other works over the years. I’m quite a fan these days.
Here’s the NY Times on the show, by Roberta Smith.
Over the years, Mr. Prince has shown himself to be in touch with the same shamed, shameless side of America that gave us tell-too-much talk shows, reality TV and the current obsession with celebrity. Practically every last American could find something familiar, if usually a bit unsettling, in his work. If he were the Statue of Liberty, the words inscribed on his base might read: Give me your tired, your poor, but also your traveling salesmen and faithless wives; your biker girlfriends, porn stars, custom-car aficionados and wannabe celebrities; as well as your first-edition book collectors (of which he is one).