With a quick glance, one can easily confuse this wonderful piece of art as a Mark Rothko. Like Rothko’s immediately recognized canvasses, this is an expansive painting of banded rectangular blocks with a sensitive attention to color and proportion. However, on longer and closer inspection, one realizes it CANNOT be a Rothko. There is no feeling of spirituality to this work. It is after all two pieces of fiberglass car hood bonded together and placed on a wooden frame. And here is where the genius lies. Rather than the immediate airy-fairy transcendence we subconsciously want to find in the work thinking it is a Rothko, Richard Prince projects a testosterone fuelled REALITY in the form of a cast engine car hood from a 1966 Camaro SS, painted to pristine perfection and ready to thunder away.
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