SOON I`M TAKING PART IN A GROUPSHOW, STARING DECEMBER 14TH,
CURATED BY ANTHONY HADEN- GUEST.
PLEASE COME IF YOU`RE IN NEW YORK THESE DAYS….
AgitPOP – What’s Going On
Guided By Invoices
21st and 11th Avenue, NYCDecember 14/ 2012 – January 6/ 2013
AgitPOP was born of a suggestion from Donna Schaper, the Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church, and an activist who works closely with Occupy Wall Street. The initial thought had been to use the church but this was clearly not the right venue for paintings. Then Anne-Brigitte Sirois made her space available, despite a hammering by Sandy. Done deal. The project evolved swiftly. The model of the art world as a system feeding the upper end of the luxury goods market is as sleekly potent as ever but, thanks to the recession, ubiquitous geo-political turbulence and an ever more vertiginous wealth gap, other equally ambitious models can be discerned. And it was to my mind the double whammy of simultaneous shows of Marina Abramovic and William Kentridge at MOMA in 2010 which signaled that politics was back with a wallop. “Issues” can be a mixed blessing in art, a fertile source of sanctimony and kitsch, but they can also animate a Goya, a Hogarth, a Grosz, so it was to be expected that certain artists should be able to deal with what’s going on with relish and vigor. And so they do here. Only some of the work deals directly with Occupy but all of it rides the wave of energy that Occupy generated and expresses our profound and well- founded sense that we inhabit a world of horribly specific, theoretically soluble but desperately urgent problems. AHG
Liz Magic Laser.