Solipstica Nihilisti, 2009
How do you know when you’ve made it big as a contemporary artist? When you have a retrospective at MoMA or the Whitney? When your paintings sell for big bucks at Christie’s? When the Pace Gallery asks to represent you? Nah. While these things are cool, they don’t say “I’m a big deal” like getting your artwork on a hit TV show.
In 2008, Richard Phillips’s 1998 painting Spectrum appeared on Gossip Girl in the Van der Woodsens’ renovated loft, and Phillips actually made a guest appearance on the show when the painting was formally unveiled.
The inspiration for Spectrum was a fashion advertisement from the late ‘60s, but Phillips says that on set people kept saying the girl looked like Leighton Meester, Blair from the show.