Friday, November 30, 2007

princely medicine

(artwork by Richard Prince)

Fans of Sonic Youth may think this looks familiar. With good reason. Their 2004 album Sonic Nurse sported modified cover art from Richard Prince's Nurse Paintings series. I couldn't write a legitimate art review to save my life so I'm not going to embarrass myself and try. I will say I am fascinated by Prince's controversial style which unabashedly takes from other artist's work and morphs it into something new; I am especially drawn in by this specific body of work. I love his use of dirty jewel tones and the fact that his canvas begins with actual pulp romance novel imagery. Dark, creepy, campy. From seductive vamp to near vampiric.

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