(PHILLIPS, RICHARD). RUF, BEATRIX, FRANK A. MEYER & RICHARD PHILLIPS -RINGIER ANNUAL REPORT 2006: ART AND VISUAL CONCEPT BY RICHARD PHILLIPS
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The tenth artist to design a Ringier annual report.Zurich, 22 March 2007
Richard Phillips, who lives and works in New York, was born in 1962 in Marblehead, Mass.
His choice of Fraktur as the report’s principal typeface can be traced back to an inspiration he drew from a book, published in the 1930s, about sculptor and woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. Says Phillips: “After studying the ways in which the previous artists worked with the report I felt that by accepting the commission I would have an opportunity to change the way art, within the context of media, represents and functions as no more than entertainment and décor (...) My aim is to use art to contest the validity, sanctity and acceptance of images as conveyors of meaning stripped of consequence – propaganda, in other words.”
Ringier collection curator and director of Kunsthalle Zurich, Beatrix Ruf writes: “In his works in general and for this report in particular, Richard Phillips makes use of the iconic quality of pictures which the media and art use daily – each according to its own agenda. In his paintings and his works executed on paper, the artist potentiates an ambivalence inherent in these pictures, in which he takes their tempting beauty and ambiguity to the breaking point. He translates pictures he found, which deal with the marketability of man, his wishes, ideas, actions, identity, sexuality, politics, power and death, into drawings and then, masterful paintings, executed in an elaborate process.”
The pictures Phillips selected for the Ringier annual report are the drafts of eleven large-size paintings which he will present to the public for the first time in April 2007, in Los Angeles.
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