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Richard Phillips
SUMKA
2008
Gagosian Gallery
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POLITICS OF PAINTING
An Interview with Richard Phillips by Alisa Birenbaum and Katerina Llanes



To all appearances, Richard Phillips loves Pop culture, and Pop culture loves him back. He paints billboard-sized portraits of pretty girls, pictures sourced in the popular press, from vintage fashion magazines and newspapers to pornography. Over the years -- Phillips was born in Massachusetts in 1963 and has been showing his work since the early 1990s -- his repertoire expanded to include images of male celebrity (Tom Cruise), haute bourgeois style (Valentino), state power (George W.C. Bush), spiritualism (Deepak Chopra) and unalloyed cuteness (a white Persian kitten).

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