Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 12, 2014
In his first US solo museum exhibition, Richard Phillips brings his exploration of contemporary culture to Dallas. His strikingly distinctive paintings address the complex web of pop themes in our media-saturated world – sexuality, politics, power and death among them. For Phillips, critique is as much an intrinsic material in the conception and staging of his work as the materials of their making. His conflating of subject and genre continues to provide challenging comment on the condition and reach of contemporary art.
Street Art // Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Along Highway 90 in Marfa, Texas, an odd site of a 40-foot white neon Playboy bunny logo and a tilted ’72 Dodge Charger are currently occupying space with the barren desert landscape as its backdrop. In an attempt to revive the Playboy brand focusing more towards a younger generation, the company is commissioning a series of art projects, this one designed by the glossy hyper-realistic painter, Richard Phillips.
Erotica // Thursday, October 18, 2012
"There's nothing intrinsically wrong about looking at pictures of Lindsay Lohan. In fact, there’s something aberrantly fascinating about their slickness and vacuity, and about Lohan as a self-destructive sympathetic figure. Yet, to like Phillips's pictures of Lindsay Lohan is to give oneself over to post-irony and its problematic doublespeak. Populist and positionless, the post-ironic attitude hovers between cool detachment and innocent enjoyment...."
Erotica // Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Richard Phillips is known for his large-scale glossy hyper-realistic paintings, recalling the pictorial style of magazines from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and reflecting traditions of popular image culture. His paintings represent close-up portraits, predominantly of women from fashion and soft porno magazines, but also persons from the fields of pop music and politics. He says "My Pictures involve a kind of wasted beauty-that's always been a thread in my work."
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 02, 2011
Richard Phillips has a trend buidling. First a "Lindsay Lohan" short film, now "Sasha Grey." This, along with Phillip’s first short film, “Lindsay Lohan,” will be included in "Commercial Break," presented by the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Venice, Italy, June 1 - 5, 2011, concurrent with the 54th international exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 27, 2011
Sometimes you just have to look past the subject matter and enjoy the concept. Gagosian Gallery just announced Richard Phillips first short film, "Lindsay Lohan." Phillips takes the perpetual mess and explores "the legacies of classical portraiture in relation to the mediated representations of contemporary popular culture."