Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 8:00pm
Session 99: “The Art World Establishment (to varying degrees)”
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Linda Jensen presented works by artists and writers who, to varying degrees, have commented on the art world establishment. The tone of representation varied greatly. Some delivered their message or insight in glaringly humorous ways, whilst others did it more soberly with a reporting approach.
Who are these buffoons who have in good humor mocked art movements? Who are the heretics that have astutely interpreted and presented the sociological workings of the art scene as well as the more distasteful conducts of behavior within the art system? They may be overtly cynical and yes, some of them are perhaps a bit too much, but who gives a hoot—they’re hilarious!
There are those who have crassly blown out idealism’s pale fire with one cheeky breath whilst others have nimbly created art-world narratives, grabbing your hand and dragging you somewhere unexpected. What does satire’s subversive edge have in store? The spectrum of styles presented included parody, satire, irony, cynicism, invective, wit and spoofs.