Is Cady Noland as Psychotic as Richard Prince?


Noland "finds it distressing when her sculptures are incorrectly installed and combined with works that engender the wrong kind of dialogue," writes Thornton. The artist also claims that many of her pieces are missing parts and that she believes all of this tends to happen when commission-hungry dealers eagerly "yank works out of happy homes."It's an interesting predicament, given that Noland is one of the top 10 most expensive female living artists, with her 1989 sculpture Ozewald holding the record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork by a female living artist at $6.6 million. In a way, her refusal to cooperate with the people who want to buy, sell, and display her work is the ultimate biting of the hand that feeds. Considering the current state of the art world, in which artists often complain of feeling like part of a meat market buffet, it's a fascinating, if somewhat misguided, act of rebellion.But mainly, it's sad. Noland, an extremely talented artist, has become so obsessed with her old work that she's been unable to create anything new in years. She admits to Thornton that "I'd like to get into a studio and start making work," but that tracking the old work has become a "full-time thing."

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