Jack Bankowsky


1 Panama Pavilion (Venice Biennale) Richard Prince’s Nancy Spector–curated Guggenheim Museum retrospective was the undisputed center of gravity of the artist’s annus mirabilis, but as ever in the Princeian scheme of things, the museal main event was half the story. First, he raised the Body Shop on a freshly cleared upstate lot; then, with the help of a bodacious babe, he turned an art fair (Frieze) into an auto show. Let’s admit it, the runway debut of the artist’s customized handbags for Louis Vuitton seemed a dead-tired alternative—until the all-nurse lineup unmasked to reveal Naomi, Stephanie, et al., and the number one fan of the “Publicities” joined the “girls” onstage for the traditional couturier’s bow. My own nomination for the brightest star in a starry year? Prince’s self-commissioned tour de force for the 52nd Venice Biennale. Too bad they don’t give out

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