Richard Prince has started keeping a blog of informal, Dylanesque observations tucked discretely under the “Contact & News” page of his website. The famed appropriation artist describes visits to New York museums (he takes iPhone self-portraits with the Met’s Greek and Roman sculpture), dredges up memories of New York from the ‘80s, shares his favorite books, and talks to his mom about Morley Safer’s recent 60 Minutes episode about the art world.
On John Chamberlain’s Hillbilly Galoot at the Guggenheim: “Wow. A new kind of landscape. That’s all I can say about that one. And I thought Cezanne’s [Bibémus] from 1894 (in the next room) was far out.” Prince claims he spent a total of twenty minutes at the Whitney Biennial, fifteen of which he devoted to a Lee Krasner from the permanent collection. “It felt like I was interrupting the ‘relation,’” he says of the Biennial’s fourth floor performance space. “I quickly got out of there.”
“Say it ain’t so,” Prince writes upon learning that author Philip Roth sent a cease and desist order to a Brooklyn artist. Prince is currently appealing a lawsuit of his own, so the issue is more personally relevant than he lets on. In the Cariou v. Prince copyright case, Patrick Cariou tried to portray Prince as a wealthy, exploitative artist, so Prince is turning the tables by identifying with the underdog against a celebrated author. “It’s strange,” Prince writes. “Because Roth was good friends with Philip Guston up in Woodstock…. I would have thought that some of that Woodstock vibe would have rubbed off on Roth… you know… ‘it’s a free concert from now on’.”