Cowboys in Beverly Hills

by natology

Richard Prince’s Cowboys opened last night in Beverly Hills at Gagosian Gallery. In his current exhibition, Prince tells the tale of a lone man wandering the great outdoors. The story is told in the form of abstract paintings over beautifully enlarged inkjet prints of characters from frontier-books. Prince’s Cowboys are presented in vertical compositions that challenge general notions on how landscapes are typically shot. Focusing on each cowboy, Prince reduces the background landscapes abstractly with colors that mirror a California sunset, neon details and all.

In true Gagosian fashion, Prince’s show opened the week of the Oscars bringing out his most established endorsers. Among his fans were John Waters, Terry Richardson, Elton John, Pamela Anderson, Mario Testino, and 90s crush Jared Leto. No doubt this was the place to be and I was living for the fashion. The crowd was dressed to the nines, which is no surprise given Richard’s presence in le monde de la mode. In 2007, his Nurse series inspired a collaboration with Marc Jacobs that produced the Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2008 collection for which my jaw is still dropped. Here’s a couple of pics from the show and some of my favs of his works. Check out the babe in the Burberry Prosum Spring ’13 trench straight off the runway, swoon.

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