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Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Blue Sector Medium, 2015 Oil and wax emulsion on linen, 72 × 44 ½ inches (182.9 × 113 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Blue Sector Medium, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on linen, 72 × 44 ½ inches (182.9 × 113 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Jim Morrison, 2015 Oil and wax emulsion on canvas, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Jim Morrison, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on canvas, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Rainbow Sharon, 2015 Oil and wax emulsion on linen, 64 ⅛ × 48 ¼ inches (162.9 × 122.6 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Rainbow Sharon, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on linen, 64 ⅛ × 48 ¼ inches (162.9 × 122.6 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillipos Off Off, 2015 Oil and wax emulsion on canvas 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm) © Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillipos Off Off, 2015

Oil and wax emulsion on canvas 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm) © Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Endless II, 2014 Oil and wax emulsion on linen, Triptych: 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Endless II, 2014

Oil and wax emulsion on linen, Triptych: 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, The Problem With Knowledge, 2014 Oil and wax on two linen canvases, 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, The Problem With Knowledge, 2014

Oil and wax on two linen canvases, 40 × 30 inches each (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Sasha III, 2012 Oil on canvas, 84 × 149 ½ inches (213.4 × 379.7 cm)© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Sasha III, 2012

Oil on canvas, 84 × 149 ½ inches (213.4 × 379.7 cm)
© Richard Phillips, photo by Rob McKeever

Richard Phillips, Sasha II, 2012 Oil on canvas, 84 × 150 ⅜ inches (213.4 × 382 cm)© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Sasha II, 2012

Oil on canvas, 84 × 150 ⅜ inches (213.4 × 382 cm)
© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay I, 2012 Oil on canvas, 48 × 40 inches (121.9 × 101.6 cm)© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay I, 2012

Oil on canvas, 48 × 40 inches (121.9 × 101.6 cm)
© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay II, 2012 Oil on canvas, 92 × 149 ¼ inches (233.7 × 379.1 cm)© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay II, 2012

Oil on canvas, 92 × 149 ¼ inches (233.7 × 379.1 cm)
© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay III, 2012 Oil on linen, 96 × 144 ½ inches (243.8 × 367 cm)© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay III, 2012

Oil on linen, 96 × 144 ½ inches (243.8 × 367 cm)
© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay IV, 2012 Oil on canvas, 60 × 95 ⅛ inches (152.4 × 241.6 cm)© Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, Lindsay IV, 2012

Oil on canvas, 60 × 95 ⅛ inches (152.4 × 241.6 cm)
© Richard Phillips

About

In his paintings, Richard Phillips engages the complex web of human obsessions to do with sexuality, politics, power, death that are constantly exploited in mainstream media. Subjecting popular images to a range of classical painterly techniques, he estranges their familiarity and thus imbues them with new meaning. Photographic images of politicians are re-cast in neon, while supermodels are represented as academic paintings, as if to augment their status as pop icons. Over and over again throughout his work, the glossy idealism of advertising propaganda is subverted by his underlying resistance to its blatant seduction.

Richard Phillips was born in 1962 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He received his B.F.A. in 1984 from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and his M.F.A. in 1986 from Yale University of Art, Connecticut. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2000); Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2002); “Paintings and Drawings,” Le Consortium, Dijon (2004); “Lindsay Lohan,” Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); and “Negation of the Universe,” Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2014). Public collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Tate Modern, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

His films Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey premiered at the 54th Biennale di Venezia in 2011 and at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2012. First Point premiered at Art Unlimited at Art Basel, Switzerland in June 2012.

Phillips currently lives and works in New York City.

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Museum Exhibitions

Andy Warhol, Brillo Soap Pads Box, 1964, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Some Aesthetic Decisions
A Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain

May 14–September 3, 2017
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida
nsuartmuseum.org

One hundred years ago, Marcel Duchamp forever changed the nature of art when he submitted Fountain, a porcelain urinal, to the Society of Independent Artists exhibition in New York. The subsequent rejection of Duchamp’s Fountain by the exhibition’s organizers ignited a controversy that continues today about the definition of art. This exhibition includes work by Jeff Koons, Richard Phillips, Andy Warhol, and others.

Andy Warhol, Brillo Soap Pads Box, 1964, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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