Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer. His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek, and he is a contributor to the British edition of GQ. The opinions expressed here are his own.
The current resale market for contemporary art has the attention span of a teenager. To switch metaphors, it’s a nuclear hot potato. How many of today’s 25 hottest will be tomorrow’s stone coldest? It’s always in the back of my mind that the pretty young painting things of today can suddenly become progeroid, stricken by a premature aging ailment in their early market lifespans.
Early next month Gagosian will once again show Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” paintings. The show marks a victory lap for the artist and the gallery, which have spent the years since the works’ 2008 debut defending them in a copyright lawsuit from photographer Patrick Cariou, whose ethnographic photography served as an element in some of these collage pieces.
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Yesterday, the Academy announced its nominations for the Oscars. Exciting news for the world of pop culture, less so perhaps for the art world, which is generally more curious about shows of a different kind—those that will be opening in Los Angeles’s galleries on Oscars weekend.
There are many things to be excited about this Art Basel Miami Beach, but perhaps none as unusual and potentially delicious as the debut of Richard Prince’s Lemon Fizz Arizona drink at select venues around town. Where can you find this new drink? A flack offered us some assistance.
THE UPPER EAST SIDE ART SCENE sure is getting wild. Long the preserve of the staid and genteel (old masters, modern masters and the like), the neighborhood has recently been seeing more adventurous fare. Three gallery shows that exemplify the trend—and a fourth farther uptown—are of work by artists who share elements of the same profile: the bad-boy avant-gardist with machismo to spare, rebelling against aesthetic conventions, social norms or both.
It’s true. Richard Prince and Arizona have teamed up on a new drink. It is called Lemon Fizz, and according to Bevnet—”The Beverage Industry’s Source”—is “a slightly carbonated beverage that contains natural lemon flavor and is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, honey, and sucralose.” Sounds delicious.
Interview just put up an interview with Richard Prince, conducted by Kim Gordon, guitarist and bassist for Sonic Youth, whose 2004 album “Sonic Nurse” used a Prince Nurse painting for its cover.
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MONDAY, MAY 14
Screening: Andy Warhol’s Paul Swan at Light Industry
Light Industry will screen Andy Warhol’s 1965 two-reel film of dancer Paul Swan, who was 82 at the time and still performing at weekly salons. The film will be introduced by art historian Douglas Crimp. –Michael H. Miller
Light Industry, 155 Freeman, Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $7
Richard Prince, Talia Chetrit and Mark Grotjahn are a few of the names you’ll see auctioned off at the White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction on Saturday. But this event, at the gallery’s space where the West Village meets the Meatpacking District.
The Art Newspaper has a think piece today by Laura Gilbert that ruminates on how American artists used to appropriate copyrighted material all the time, and how it seems like it isn’t done any more.