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group show featuring artist Eric Doeringer
I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me
Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:30pm
EFA Project Space, 323 W 39th St. New York, NY.
An evening of performance and advice for artists, that promises to be informative and entertaining. The How’s My Dealing? blog gives the inside scoop on New York City art dealers. Man Bartlett demonstrates the power of positive thinking, Dr. Lisa Levy evaluates the egos of audience members, and Pablo Helguera’s Estheticist counsels artists on professional and personal dilemmas.
January 14 - March 5, 2011
Opening Reception Friday, January 14th from 6-8pm
We welcome in a new year of art with the exhibition, I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me — featuring artists who’s subject matter is the art world. The title plays on Joseph Beuys’s infamous performance, I Like America and America Likes Me, in which the German artist inhabited a small gallery alongside a coyote. Organized by “bootleg” artist Eric Doeringer, I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me explores the fraught relationship between emerging artists and the established art world. The exhibition title can be read as either sincere or sarcastic, as these artists all have “love/hate” relationships with the art world.They desire to participate more fully and to be recognized, but are simultaneously repulsed by some key aspects.There is a critical or iconoclastic character to much of the work, but also a great deal of reverence. Despite their criticism these artists, clearly love art.
Many of the artists in the exhibition use forms of mimicry to challenge the hierarchy of art world. Some make work based on pieces by earlier artists, others emulate institutions such as museums, galleries, and art magazines. A few choose to comment more directly, addressing their criticism of artists, critics, and galleries by name. Others take a more documentary approach, charting the history of their forebears and/or contemporaries. However, these works are not impartial accounts - they are personal and critical responses to the art (and the art world) of the 20th and 21st centuries. Like Beuys and his coyote, the relationship between these artists and the art world is constantly shifting - sometimes friendly, other times adversarial, with the constant threat that someone might get bitten.
I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me will open on January 14th, and in observance of the Art World, it will close on March 5th during the weekend of the Armory Show in New York.
An illustrated publication that includes a curatorial essay will accompany the exhibition. For more information, or for press inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.