A co-presentation with NomüNomü
The elite art world faces two rebellions in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, 2017 political crisis, and overall acceleration of neoliberalism. First up is a demand that the art industry become more equitable in its distribution of rewards by recognizing the many shadowed individuals who actually reproduce its value. And second, an equally powerful desire for artists to partially or totally exit the art system altogether by merging with everyday life and community struggles for social justice including gentrification. Sholette’s presentation will focus on details of this dual pattern as they play-out within what he terms the “bare art world,” a high cultural sphere whose political and economic contradictions can no longer be concealed from view.
Washington, DC 20001