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Pruitt • Early

Castelli Gallery

Pruitt • Early’s Red Black Green Red White Blue Project could be the “nigger drawings” of the ’90s. Two white artists, whose previous works drew on the stereotyped iconography of teenage white trash, now turn their attention toward American black culture with dispiriting results. The artists have covered the floor and walls of the gallery with gold foil, a stylistic gesture that the handy press release informs us “comment[s] on the status emblems in black youth culture and the historical links to the African gold trade as symbolic of the reemergence of a denied history.” These gift-wrapped walls are festooned with posterlike images of L. L. Cool J, Malcolm X, Magic Johnson, Public Enemy, and the like, as well as cheesy illustrations depicting blacks with big tits, big Afros, but, oddly, no big dicks. A stereo system provides a musical soundtrack that features, primarily, rap music.

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