Kunsthalle director Bernhard Burgi has assembled twenty-one paintings--including five new canvases--realized by youngish American Richard Phillips over the past five years. Based on images from '60s and '70s fashion and porn magazines and marked by a somewhat cloying Pop-ish appeal, this body of work charts the crystallization of the manner that succeeded the artist's earlier restaurant booth--cum--S&M constructions. Painstaking technique and outsize supports distance us from his retro sources; looks that once evoked a "liberating" lifestyle are now shown to be part and parcel of the "thoroughly commercialized trade in sex appeal," as Biirgi puts it. Whether critique or affirmation, Phillips's recent "apathetic models and stars" are in perfect tune with the art world's pop-cult obsession. Nov. 4--Dec. 31.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2000|
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