‘I Don’t Want to Talk About Where the Rastas Came From’: Richard Prince’s ‘Canal Zone’ Press Release Is Spot-On

(Courtesy Gagosian)

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. Read More


Their House: How the Still House Group Turned a Red Hook Studio Into an Art World Success Story

Still House Group's studio in Red Hook.

Walking down Van Brunt Street in Red Hook on a bright February afternoon, one is treated to the city’s finest view of the Statue of Liberty. The squeal of trucks unloading produce at the bustling Fairway Market (the neighborhood’s de facto town square) and the grunts of men hauling crates into warehouses make for a loud entrance. The bone-chill of New York Harbor is made all the more menacing by the eerily incandescent glow of Ikea. One feels far from Manhattan here. One feels far even from other parts of Brooklyn, which has made Red Hook an obvious settlement for artists. Read More


There’s Something Funny About Donelle Woolford

'Dick's Last Stand' at CCA Wattis in San Francisco, Feb. 6. (Courtesy CCA)

In late January, the artist Donelle Woolford, a black woman with short hair who looks to be in her mid 30s, was at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, outfitted in a 1970s-style suit and mustache, doing a Richard Pryor routine. It went well, but it could have gone better. The book fair, she wrote in an email shortly afterward, “maybe wasn’t the best context for a Richard Pryor routine.” This particular routine was recorded as the final episode of Pryor’s 1977 television show (which only lasted four episodes) and was pretty much engineered to be censored. “I think the audience was a bit taken aback by all the N-bombs and F-bombs,” she said. Everywhere she has gone—a museum in San Francisco and community centers in Chicago and Oakland have been among her stops—audiences have reacted differently. Read More


The Holy Fool From Oberhausen: Christoph Schlingensief’s Riotous Art Comes to New York


“Tötet Helmut Kohl” (“Kill Helmut Kohl”) read the banner that got German artist Christoph Schlingensief arrested. It was 1997, and the sign aimed at the conservative chancellor was part of his project for Documenta, the prestigious quinquennial art festival in Kassel, Germany. He could have gotten off the hook by telling the authorities it was “just art,” but he and the young curator backing him had other plans. Read More


Harvey Quaytman on Paintings and Social Justice

'Untitled' (1985) by Quaytman. (Courtesy McKee Gallery)

Great news. Phaidon has just published a new monograph for the late, great New York artist Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002), and it is a excellent.

Art historian Dore Ashton provides an illuminating introduction to the work of the hard-edge painter, which includes warm remembrances of the friendship that they shared for decades. There’s also a discussion from 1987 between the artist and Kimmo Sarje, an artist, curator and philosopher of aesthetics, in which Quaytman discusses the shifts in his thinking about his work over the years. It includes a super inspiring bit about the value of art, which follows below. Read More