Saturday, April 19, 2014

the newest protest art is the destruction of the old protest art


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jed pearl for the new republic regarding the caminero/weiwei affair.
The halls of power are theirs. Ai Weiwei is by no means the only artist who has built a reputation on a belief in the death of the original and even the destruction of the original but now expects his work to be accorded the respect due to old-fashioned originals. Is it any wonder that a critical silence has descended around Maximo Caminero?
a different take from ours. pearl (an author i respect for his deep and well-researched new art city: manhattan at mid century) ends his piece with this:
Is it any wonder that a critical silence has descended around Maximo Caminero? The little guy’s dumb, scrappy Neo-Dadaist gesture is so totally last century.
his is the general consensus in the tradition of humanism. pearl misses that the performative destruction of art is not a dadaist invention, perhaps a dadaist channeling. our point is that art's destruction is structural to art-making. here bakunin is right: the urge to destroy is a creative urge. 

keep you posted.