Salon 94

T-Shirt Paintings

Richard Prince

May 15, 2010–June 27, 2010

Salon 94 Bowery

Salon 94 is pleased to present Richard Prince: T-Shirt Paintings, the inaugural exhibition at Salon 94 Bowery. The show serves as a mini-retrospective of Princeā€™s painting, spanning nearly twenty-five years of his work. The setting of the show, a raw, un-renovated, former restaurant supply store on the Bowery, echoes Richard Princeā€™s seminal exhibition ā€œSpiritual America,ā€ which took place in 1983-4 around the corner at 5 Rivington Street.

Casually stretched, messily painted, and intimate in scale, the T-shirt paintings both mirror Princeā€™s more known work and co-exist alongside it, exploring other avenues of the artistā€™s persona. The T-shirt paintings vary in theme and style: some contain iconic Richard Prince jokes; some exploit Princeā€™s interest in hippie and rock and roll subcultures; others are abstract. A handful of childlike animal and flower drawings that normally hang in Princeā€™s daughterā€™s bedroom appear together with T-shirts adorned with Jimi Hendrix and the CD labels from his collection of Led Zeppelin albums. In these works, techniques, genres and subjects collide, finding their commonality in Princeā€™s fluency between them and in his ability to make them all seem equal. What remains a constant is the ā€œcanvasā€ on which the works appear: the stretched, distressed, ordinary T-shirt with all that this cultural icon connotes.

Richard Prince: T-Shirt paintings is the first exhibition at Salon 94 Bowery, our new gallery, at 243 Bowery, a few doors up from The New Museum. The gallery will be renovated over the summer and will re-open in September with an exhibition of new work by Detroit based artist Liz Cohen.

A color catalogue will be published alongside the exhibition.

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