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Pop Touched Me: The Art of Rob Pruitt
charts the highs and lows of art star Rob Pruitt's careerhow he courted controversy as he rose to fame in the early 90s alongside his then-partner Jack Early, and later secured his own place in the art world with shows including Cocaine Buffet, 101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself, and Pandas and Bamboo.
As one of Americas most provocative artists, Pruitts work has attracted critical attention for being consistently engaging while retaining a playful Pop aesthetic. Pop Touched Me, his first comprehensive monograph, examines the full scope of his development over the last two decades, extending beyond his conceptual art to include his painting, drawing, sculpture, textile, and industrial design. Friends and fansfrom Marc Jacobs to John Watersand artists and art criticsfrom Jeff Koons to Bob Nickasall add context to the work by describing their own experiences with Pruitt and his art through insightful essays and quotes.
"Since he hit the scene in 1989, Pruitt has become one of the biggest names in pop art, as much a scene-maker as an artist. Stepping into the slot vacated by Andy Warhol, Pruitt is renowned for his amped-up enshrinement of ordinary things; even if the artist's glittery shipping boxes for Fleischmann's gin aren't an evolutionary leap from Warhol's Brillo pad boxes, they've proven just as popular. Amidst designer gravestones, vivid portraits of pop culture icons like Martha Stewart, glitter-bedecked panda bear murals, and a brief interview with Pruitt himself, a parade of quotes provide reasons that artists, beautiful people, and other glitterati love him; says Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker: 'Your art is cheap and with very little content. I like that.' Pruitt is legendary for his exhibitions-cum-parties; this volume features photos from his now-infamous 'cocaine buffet' and his crowded, collaborative 1999 'Flea Market.' For the conceptual artist in all of us, Pruitt has helpfully reproduced his list of '101 Art Ideas,' including 'make a painting with makeup,' 'vandalize your home with spray paint,' 'wear diapers,' and 'draw yourself into your favorite comic strip.' It all coalesces into an enormously fun book that will encourage readers to pursue their artistic and hedonistic impulses, no matter how wild (or derivative). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Rob Pruitt is an internationally renowned contemporary artist based in New York. Contributors include writer Domenick Ammirati, artist Jennifer Bornstein, gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, critic and curator Bob Nickas, and writer Glenn OBrien.