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AO on Site: Richard Prince’s Canal Zone, Gagosian Gallery, Saturday, November 8th, Chelsea, New York

November 13th, 2008
Richard Prince - Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Renee Vivian and Roman Brooks take over the GuahnahaniDjuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Renee Vivian and Roman Brooks take over the Guahnahani” with permission from Gagosian Gallery

Canal Zone, a new series of collages by artist Richard Prince, opened November 8, 2008 at the Gagosian Gallery. Prince inspired by his birthplace, The Panama Canal, draws a narrative that carries contentious topics of race, colonialism, and separatism. In the artwork, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Renee Vivian and Roman Brooks take over the Guahnahani, nude women stretch and bend into erotic poses. Many of the names of the paintings feature hotels in the island of St. Barth which the artist relates to the work in the following quote:

“The story was basically about a guy who lands in St Barth, gets off the plane, is immediately told that there’s been a nuclear holocaust in the rest of the world, and he looks at his family and says ‘We can’t go back.'”

Their figures cut from magazines, then pasted against a jungle backdrop are missing eyes, mouths, and noses that dehumanize and objectify the sensuous subjects. Using stereotypical images consisting of nude women, Rastafarian men, guitars, cars, and jungle landscapes Prince’s new works lay heavy within a perpetual bed of interpretation. Pending on size, these large-scale collage pieces range from $1 to $3 million dollars and will exhibit through December 20, 2008.

Sam Orlofsky and Tom Sachs at Richard Prince's Canal Zone exhibition.

Sam Orlofsky and Tom Sachs at Richard Prince - Photo by ArtObserved

A Prince among men [GQ USA]
Richard Prince – Canal Zone
[Gagosian Gallery]
Richard Prince “Canal Zone” Exhibition Recap [Hypebeast]
Richard Prince: Canal Zone [Flavorpill]

more pictures from the show after the jump…

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Île de France by Richard Prince via Gagosian.

Richard Prince's Canal Zone exhibition at Gagosian Gallery.

Richard Prince's Canal Zone at Gagosian Gallery opening night. Photo by ArtObserved

Henry Vincent at Richard Prince's Canal Zone exhibition.

Henry Vincent at Richard Prince Photo by ArtObserved

Daniel Lobe and Larry Gagosian at Richard Prince's Canal Zone exhibition.

Art Collector and Financier Daniel Loeb and Larry Gagosian at Richard Prince's exhibition at Gagosian Photo by ArtObserved

Adam Cohen and Neils Kantor at Richard Prince's Canal Zone exhibition.

Adam Cohen and Neils Kantor at Richard Prince's exhibition at Gagosian Photo by ArtObserved

Cheryl Dunn, friend, and Emma Reeves at Richard Prince's Canal Zone

Cheryl Dunn, friend, and Emma Reeves at Richard Prince's exhibition at Gagosian Photo by ArtObserved

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In the Garden by Richard Prince via Hypebeast.

One Response to “AO on Site: Richard Prince’s Canal Zone, Gagosian Gallery, Saturday, November 8th, Chelsea, New York”

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