"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
A SHOW RELATED TO AN ERA - THE EIGHTIES: PART II
Mirosław Bałka, Werner Büttner, Clegg
& Guttmann, Mathis Esterhazy, Günther Förg, Isa Genzken, Robert
Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Georg Herold, Axel Hütte, Mike Kelley,
Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Meuser, Reinhard Mucha, Cady Noland,
Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie
Trockel, Franz West, Christopher Wool, Heimo Zobernig
Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin
9 November – 22 December 2018
A SHOW RELATED TO AN ERA - THE EIGHTIES: PART I
Herbert Brandl, Werner Büttner,
Mathis Esterhazy, Günther Förg, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger,
Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Richard Prince, Didi Sattmann, Julian
Schnabel, Terry Winters, Christopher Wool, Otto Zitko
Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin
14 September – 27 October 2018
(organized by Wilhelm Schürmann)
Venloer Straße 21, Cologne
15 July – 25 August 1990
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
True Stories. A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties
Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2019
With texts by Peter Pakesch, Lutz Eitel and Wilhelm Schürmann and a conversation between Peter Pakesch, Max Hetzler and Hans Werner Holzwarth