Louis Vuitton // Richard Prince. Text by Glenn O'Brien. Purple Fashion S/S 2008.
"The collision between fashion and art has never been so direct".
"I this collaboration the end of an era or the beginning of a closer collaboration between artist and designer?"
"I can feel the dogs nipping at my feet. Backlash is lashing?" (Richard Prince).
"It takes guts to be a real artist. Given the current state of culture almost anything worth doing is going to divide people along factional lines, and inspire pockets of venomous, virulent hatred".
"But the world has become so enormously small since it networked itself up".
"The zeitgeist is fraught with paranoia that as the successful artist seeks to feed the insatiable maw of the international, cannibalistic television eye, he must navigate with trepidation, or with the naive and elastic steps of a fool".
"Nowadays artists must be daring or oblivious. Or both. The art world punishes all those who offend. Not only will artists who make good work be hated by the philistines, they will also eventually be hated by the world that nurtured them, including the speculator collectors whose unrealistic expectations of profit are even slightly unfulfilled - and also hated, of course, by their snarky, armed and dangerous peers. There are a lot of gunslingers in this town".
"Who says that art starts and stops anyway? The art world isn't Chechnya or Botswana. Its borders are negotiable - fictionable even".
"Art is art. Fashion is fashion. Art will never be fashion. Fashion will never be art. But that doesn't mean that they can't fuck. Or fight. Or both! Who wouldn't pay to watch that?
"Maybe what was wrong with painting in the first place was that girls couldn't carry it around with them. Maybe what was wrong with fashion in the first place was that it wasn't quite confusing and alienating enough. I know this collaboration is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It really couldn't be duplicated or repeated. But medical science makes advances in longevity everyday. Besides, something happened here. I smell smoke".