Peter Davies

The Hip One Hundred

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The Hip One Hundred
Peter Davies
The Hip One Hundred
1998
Acrylic on canvas
254 x 609.6 cm

Taste is identity: Davies is as hip as his Hip 100. As frivolous as late night Top 100 TV shows, Davies’ painting is even more fun to watch, and even more entertaining to argue with (Jeff Koons only comes in at 56 ― as if!). Rating his friends, colleagues, and art heroes, Davies pits artists and their works against each other in his mind, vying them for that coveted Number One spot. Davies’ Hip 100 exposes an art world as insidious, cliquey, market-oriented as any other entertainment medium. By making this painting on grand-scale, he’s created a high art monument to the undoing of sacred high art values.


   
 


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