NYC///RICHARD PRINCE CHANGES GEARS AT GAGOSIAN
“The story was basically about a guy who lands in St Barth, gets off the plane, is immediately told that there’s been a nuclear holocaust in the rest of the world, and he looks at his family and says ‘We can’t go back.'” —Richard Prince
Art world chameleon RICHARD PRINCE changed aesthetic gears again last Thursday when “Canal Zone,” his show of new paintings and a car “sculpture” debuted at the mighty GAGOSIAN GALLERY. His most directly biographical work to date—the artist was born in 1949 in the Panama Canal Zone—the new series explores the area’s dark colonial past through a fictitious, post-apocalyptic visual narrative populated by naked women and dreadlocked natives that seems to be headed for an inevitably dark, yet unknown ending. Of course the beautiful people of NYC turned out in droves for the reception and the clash of tidy blonde fashion models against Prince’s ominous multimillion dollar doomsday scenarios was quite a fitting sight. The protesting sandwich board-wearing pink bunny outside the gallery was just performance art icing on the cake. HAVE A LOOK:
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