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Pruitt • Early

Stuart Regen

Pruitt • Early are a pure product of the art world; as naughty and wild as their art pretends to be, their intent is merely to fit in. In an effort to instantly historicize their efforts, the artists have dated each of their pieces with the phrase “Early 90’s.” Pillaging the styles and ideas of other artists, not to mention the strategy of appropriation, the work rides on the coattails of Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons, and Haim Steinbach. Pruitt • Early’s antiesthetic is cheap, low class, and heavy metal; it’s art for or about teenagers. Teenagers are shallow and dumb. They drink beer and listen to music, and the semiarticulate slogans on decals speak their minds: “Megadeath,” “Tits for kids,”“To hell with your mountains, give me your Busch,” “No fat chicks,” “Eat shit and die,” “Fuck authority.” The stance is bad boy à la Richard Prince, but the work is already safe and

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