The first snow of the season fell on NYC overnight and this morning, honestly, it was absolutely gorgeous outside! Before the lovely pristine blanket of white could transform into grey slush and filthy mounds flecked with soot and dog feces, I decided to bundle up like an Eskimo and enjoy one of the greatest simple pleasures of life in New York City: a Sunday trip to the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim currently features a career retrospective of American artist Richard Prince, and his work is just fantastic. I laughed my ass off at a lot of his “Joke” canvases, avoided slipping into a “Museum Coma” and was back downtown in Union Square in time to do a little Holiday shopping at the crafts market. Read more about the exhibit and see photos of some of Prince’s featured work after the jump. Spiritual America runs through January 9, 2008.
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Here at Supertouch, we don’t usually dip too deeply into the whole uptown museum scene, but Richard Prince’s amazing retrospective, “Spiritual America,” that opened this Friday at the Guggenheim Museum is one of the city’s best shows in years. Cutting his teeth in the art world in the early 80’s alongside such like-minded contemporaries as Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman, his controversial use of appropriated imagery and readymades earned him widespread notoriety and ultimately great fame in the real art world. Moving through many distinct series and modes of construction throughout the subsequent decades, Prince’s art became more traditional and organic as reflected in his later series of photos and paintings. The unifying element throughout these disparate bodies of work, however, was his constant exploration of the American soul in all its lowbrow glory, particularly when it was reflected in the mirror of automobile culture. Spanning the length of the artist’s career, the aptly titled “Spiritual America” assembles an incredible array of visual greatest-hits from his iconic MoPar readymade sculpture “American Prayer,” to his acclaimed “Nurse” series (which provided the artwork for Sonic Youth’s 2004 “Sonic Nurse” LP), in the always-inspiring setting of the Guggenheim spiral.
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