These are works you do not scrutinize or reflect upon because there is really not much to examine, much less think about.
The Decade that Changed the Art World: Money, Media, and Brands in the 1980s
The primary takeaway of Brand New at the Hirshhorn is its demonstration of how high the stakes of representation became during the 1980s, a decade of proliferating imagery and technology.
Richard Prince Disowns His Ivanka Trump Portrait, Possibly Increasing Its Value
The artist claims he has returned his $36,000 fee for the work to the art advisor who brokered the deal, though Trump is allegedly trying to give him back the money.
Photographer Dennis Morris Sues Richard Prince Over Sid Vicious Images
Music photographer Dennis Morris is suing conceptual artist Richard Prince and his gallery, Gagosian, for copyright infringement.
An Expansive Exhibition Stars Hollywood and Contemporary Art
As Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, the Museum of the Moving Image’s auspicious foray into exhibiting contemporary art, wryly suggests, it might be film and its iconic images that help stave off decay.
Pop Irony’s Enduring Influence in the Art Institute of Chicago’s New Contemporary Collection
CHICAGO — The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened in 2009, has reinstated its contemporary collection after giving over most of the space in 2015 to a much-lauded retrospective of the American sculptor Charles Ray.
Photographer Sues Artist Richard Prince, Larry Gagosian, and His Gallery
A new lawsuit greets Richard Prince in the new year. Following the appropriation artist’s unauthorized use in 2014 of a picture of a Rastafarian smoking, its photographer, Donald Graham, is now suing Prince.
An Early Thanksgiving: The Wagner Gift to the Whitney
Opening in the shadow of the Paris attacks, the exhibition Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner represents — as Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, said in his remarks at the press preview — “a celebration of what matters in life.”
Crimes of the Art
On this week’s art crime blotter: Elton John’s glasses stolen from museum, a Basquiat painting disappears in breakup, and a sexy hay bale sculpture offends Aussies.
Photographer Sends Cease and Desist Letters to Richard Prince and Gagosian
Hyperallergic has learned that a lawyer representing photographer Donald Graham has sent cease and desist letters to Richard Prince and the Gagosian Gallery over the unauthorized use of his photograph “Rastafarian Smoking a Joint, Jamaica.”
A Young Artist Debuts at Gagosian, Thanks to Richard Prince
Richard Prince unwittingly gave an emerging conceptual artist his Gagosian debut. The appropriation artist’s current Gagosian exhibition New Portraits — which Hyperallergic’s Tiernan Morgan dismissed as “an amusing exercise, but it doesn’t translate as great art” — features an Instagram photo from Sean Fader’s social media art piece “#wishingpelt.”
Richard Prince, Inc.
Richard Prince: New Portraits consists of 37 of the artist’s so-called “Instagram paintings,” each of which, if we’re to believe an anonymous source of the New York Post, are selling for around $100,000. The series, which includes photographs of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Pamela Anderson, Elizabeth Jagger, and Sky Ferreira, feels cheap and underwhelming.