"Super Group is the first of three bodies of work. They go together. Have something in common. Themes. Stories. What I know. What I like. What I like to know. What I want to know. Knows and looks that have to do with music and counter culture.
The second body is The Ripple Paintings.
The third is High Times.
In 2011 I was checking out my collection of Sonic Youth albums. I pulled out the records and removed the records from the sleeves. There were nine sleeves. I laid out the sleeves in a grid, three on top of three on top of three. Another square. I looked at it and called it Nine Sonic Youths. That excited me. The name, the title connected the abstraction and made it less abstract. It looked like art.
„Sometimes you get what you need“
Supergroup is what I needed. And sometimes what you need is all you need.
I’d been working with sleeves on and off for four years, they weren’t right, they weren’t finished. They didn’t have extra extra. They had a verse and bridge but they didn’t have a hook.
Super Group became the hook. Sum, total, whole.
I can stack Roy Orbison, Chuck D, Bill Evans, Patsy Cline, The Pretenders, and Lee Renaldo on one sleeve.
Standard. Staple. Classic. Popular.
The whole sleeve can be a hit."
Richard Prince, Super Group, Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2017
Image: Super Group, 2017, ink jet, collage, oil stick and acrylic on canvas, 187,5 x 139,6 cm
(organized by Wilhelm Schürmann)
Venloer Straße 21, Cologne
15 July – 25 August 1990
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
Cowboys: Selected Works from the Collection (solo show)
Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Beijing
13 April - 2 September 2018
Jeff Koons, Richard Prince et al.
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (group show)
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
14 February – 13 May 2018
Razor-sharp, witty, satirical, and ...
Ida Ekblad, Michel Majerus, Richard Prince et al.
Faithless Pictures (group show)
National Museum, Oslo
9 February - 13 May 2018
In this exhibition, the National Museum shows works from the last four decades by more than forty prominent artists. Using a variety of approaches, they all address the surfeit of images we ...