Rene Ricard

American, 1946–2014

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Rene Ricard

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American, 1946–2014

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Biography

René Ricard (July 23, 1946 – February 1, 2014) was a painter, actor, art critic and writer who published numerous books of his poetry and art, including Trusty Sarcophagus Co. (Inanout Press, 1990), and Love Poems (C U Z Editions, 1999). Born in Massachusetts, Ricard grew up in Boston and moved to New York City at 18, where he attracted the attention of Andy Warhol. The young René (formerly Albert Napoleon René Ricard) became his protege, appearing in three Warhol films, and even playing the Factory founder himself in "Andy Warhol Story".
Ricard viewed visual art and poetry not as separate mediums but as symbiotic modes of expression. His use of text in his work reflects this interest in the written word. Ricard's confessional hand-painted and hand-written poetry is almost always accompanied by the artist's outsized signature, integrated into the composition, or placed at its center.
By the early 1980s, René Ricard was a fixture in the New York art scene, not only as an accomplished artist, but as a critic. Penning enlightening and poetic essays for Artforum, he turned his attention to rising stars such as Julian Schnabel and Alex Katz. Ricard famously wrote the first major article on Jean-Michel Basquiat. “The Radiant Child” is credited with launching Basquiat’s career, and is considered a seminal contemporary art essay. René Ricard passed away in New York City in 2014.

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René Ricard (July 23, 1946 – February 1, 2014) was a painter, actor, art critic and writer who published numerous books of his poetry and art, including Trusty Sarcophagus Co. (Inanout Press, 1990), and Love Poems (C U Z Editions, 1999). Born in Massachusetts, Ricard grew up in Boston and moved to New York City at 18, where he attracted the attention of Andy Warhol. The young René (formerly Albert Napoleon René Ricard) became his protege, appearing in three Warhol films, and even playing the Factory founder himself in "Andy Warhol Story".
Ricard viewed visual art and poetry not as separate mediums but as symbiotic modes of expression. His use of text in his work reflects this interest in the written word. Ricard's confessional hand-painted and hand-written poetry is almost always accompanied by the artist's outsized signature, integrated into the composition, or placed at its center.
By the early 1980s, René Ricard was a fixture in the New York art scene, not only as an accomplished artist, but as a critic. Penning enlightening and poetic essays for Artforum, he turned his attention to rising stars such as Julian Schnabel and Alex Katz. Ricard famously wrote the first major article on Jean-Michel Basquiat. “The Radiant Child” is credited with launching Basquiat’s career, and is considered a seminal contemporary art essay. René Ricard passed away in New York City in 2014.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
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