This is the Richard Phillips piece Spectrum, which hangs on the wall at Prada Marfa, the Van Der Humphrey home on “Gossip Girl.”
Phillips, famous for his glossy hyper-realistic portraits of celebrities, was a guest judge on the last episode of “Work of Art.”
One of the permanent judges on “Work of Art” is gallery owner Bill Powers, who reminds me of Desmond Harrington (the actor who plays Chuck Bass’ uncle Jack on “Gossip Girl”) albeit older and not as skinny.
I just looked up Richard Phillips and I found this article (about Spectrum being featured on “Gossip Girl”) in the New York Times magazine written by Bill Powers in 2008 (before “Work of Art”).
This is my favorite part:
Professing his deep admiration for the show’s revelatory narcotic effect, Mr. Phillips cited the overlap between issues he’s tackled on canvas and the many themes explored on “Gossip Girl,” such as “lost virginity, teen pregnancy, divorce, rape, manslaughter, suspected homicide, teen suicide, gay sexual identity, eating disorders, criminal blackmail, theft, as well as drug addiction and sex with multiple partners.”