richard prince

richard prince

On Tragedy (Did you hear the one about the Indian?)

6d ago
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'Divya Mehra’s multimedia work incorporates comedic and often slapstick elements in order to address issues of cultural identity, displacement, and appropriation. For Art Breaks, Mehra uses artist Richard Prince's original Art Breaks video from 1985 as a point of departure. In the earlier video, Prince, dressed in a white shirt and dress pants, nonchalantly turns to address the camera, smiles, and then delivers a short monologue encouraging the youth of the day to stay home—if, and only if, they are equipped with art and MTV. The gag playfully subverts and references the popular slogan 'Don't Leave Home Without It,’ coined for American Express commercials. Like Prince, in her video Mehra appears dressed in a white ensemble, standing directly in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. After she purchases an ice cream cone from a vendor, the ice cream topples over due to its exaggerated height, and leaves the viewer with a sense of her personal frustration. In this sense, the work fails before it even begins; the connection established between Mehra, an emerging female artist whose personal history lies intertwined in the post-partition South Asian Diaspora, and well-known male artist Richard Prince, evokes the humorous relationship between Danny DeVito’s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s characters in the 1988 blockbuster movie Twins.' - Curatorial statement by Creative Time Curator, Meredith Johnson, NY, U.S.A. project site: http://creativetime.org/projects/art-breaks/