Richard Prince: High Times Recap

I always heard stories of how Richard Prince's art can take you down a rabbit hole and how you can completely become lost in his paintings. After witnessing it for myself, I now know what they meant by it. I finally had the pleasure of seeing his artwork for myself at the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea and it was a sight to see. High Times is such a captivating exhibit with over thirty paintings, some from Hippie Drawings, a series that were featured in the September 2016 issue of High Times. Known for controversy throughout the mid-1970s for copying other photographer's work, I have to admit that I have a new love for his art.

When I first saw his paintings, I was so intrigued with the symbolism and cross-references that I became so consumed in each piece. It's like he mixed fact with fiction, having me stressed out the whole time while trying to figure it out the meaning behind each painting. My boyfriend and I kept going back and forth on our interpretation of each piece and how it made us feel at that moment.

The colors alone were just striking and often times I would see the same cartoonish figurine portrayed in different sizes. I mean these figures looked like something I would paint as a child but Richard's had more story to them. It's like each cartoon/figurine had a story of their own. What I love most about High Times is that all of his paintings are in collages. The collages reminded of the world we live in now and how we are all connected to each other by either someone or something. So as soon as you looked at one, the rabbit hole begins. It's like a never-ending story. Plus, I got some Basquiat vibes from this collection too.

Honestly and truly, I don't think anyone will ever get to the bottom of his confusing yet beautiful classic paintings from the High Times exhibition, but it is so worth trying. For some reason, Jay Z lyrics, "How can something so gangsta be so pretty in pictures?" You honestly just have to experience this beautiful collection for yourself. For more details on this exhibit, please click here.

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