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FINAL DAYS: EXHIBITION
IT'S THE POLITICAL ECONOMY, STUPID
TUESDAY, JAN 24 2012 - SUNDAY, APR 22 2012
Open Daily, 10AM - 6PM. Free Admission.
Artists: Linda BILDA, Zanny BEGG / Oliver RESSLER, Julia CHRISTENSEN, Yevgeniy FIKS / Olga KOPENKINA / Alexandra LERMAN, FLO6x8, Melanie GILLIGAN, Jan Peter HAMMER, Alicia HERRERO, INSTITUTE FOR WISHFUL THINKING, Isa ROSENBERGER, Dread SCOTT
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present this international group exhibition, curated by the Austrian-American team of Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette. The title derives from the slogan which in the early 1990s came to define then presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid”.
The impending economic crisis that we face today has also become a major crisis for representative democracy. It’s the Political Economy, Stupid brings together an international group of artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. Rather than acquiesce to the current calamity, the artworks, which include videos, photographs, installations, and a commissioned site-specific wall mural, ask whether it is time to push back against the disciplinary dictates of the capitalist logic and, by use of artistic means, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social itself.
[Image: Dread Scott, Still from Money to Burn (2010), Courtesy of the artist]
"In the wake of the capitalist crisis, very few cultural institutions have dared to address the horrors of greed that plague us in such a direct and haunting way as the Austrian Cultural Forum." - Alexander Cavaluzzo, Hyperallergic.com, Feb. 13, 2012
"Curated by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler, this is a good old political exhibition, full of sarcasm, hope, protest, and information." - William Corwin, Saatchi Online Magazine, Feb. 21, 2012
"Curated by Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette, this is a smart exhibition that I suspect will be preaching to the converted, but in style. [...] This is the gallery version of Occupy Wall Street." - Andrea Kirsh, Feb. 14, 2012, theartblog.org
"Visible from the sidewalk on a block that the Austrian Cultural Forum shares with Cartier, Ferragamo and Tourneau, the work [by Dread Scott] affirms a disheartening truth about the cultural mindset this well-curated exhibition aims to critique: many would prefer to see their money burn than have it distributed equitably."-David Markus, Art in America, Mar. 28, 2012
"Ressler’s and Sholette’s show does indeed achieve its objectives, occupying the Austrian Cultural Forum through a diverse range of artworks stemming from the 2008 crisis of finance capitalism. It does so principally by drawing together a selection of works which both educate and entertain, offering invaluable information and welcome critical reflection." - Thom Donovan, Art:21 Blog, Apr. 16, 2012
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