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Hello Rene Ricard

Rene Ricard is a semi-secret hero of American art and culture, specifically New York-ish art and culture in the later 20th century.
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01 Ιούνιος 2009, 12:00am


Stylist: Jaclyn Hodes, Model: Rene Ricard

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Vice: What can we expect to see in your new show?

Rene Ricard:

Over the years you’ve transitioned from text to a more visual type of poetry and communication. How did that happen?



How do you feel about state of poetry today, especially in New York?

New Yorker


That seems reasonable. It’s better than acting like you’re ashamed of your work, which so many poets do.

What about your acting days? Are you up for doing some of that again?


What’s the name of the movie?

You Won’t Miss Me

Sweet Bird of Youth

Are you still living at the Chelsea Hotel?

Why are you still there? The energy can’t possibly be the same as it was in the 60s, or the 70s, or the 80s.

That’s the most important quality to look for in a landlord.

Have you ever considered leaving New York for an extended period of time?

I thought you would say something to that effect.

I know you don’t normally sit for photos like these. How did this shoot happen?

Do yourself a huge favor and check out Rene’s new exhibition, “The Torturer’s Apprentice,” at Half Gallery. We promise you’ll like it.