DEMAND AND SUPPLY2013, PERFORMANCE
An artist is invited to create work for a Swiss art fair. He outsources his creative control to an investment banker. The banker instructs the artist to find an anti-capitalist protester, who must spray whatever he wants onto eleven white boards. The banker instructs the artist to play the role of gallerist. The work is sold to a corporate collection. The profits are split between them.
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This project investigates the recuperation of radical aesthetics by the contemporary art market. Hijacking the market's appetite for the surface of political protest, it explores the potential for political protest to remain intact - even become more toxic - within the frenzy of a capitalist marketplace. The work sold to a private collector, and is featured in the book Global Corporate Collections, published by Deutsche Standards. Recently re-exhibited at London Art Fair, it was winner of the Sotheby's Artist Award 2015.
Dialogue between artist and banker
Essay by Jon Sharples
Review by Michael Hampton
Interview in Liste magazine
Winner of Sotheby's Artist Award
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Commissioned by Division of Labour / de Appel Gallerist Programme
Presented at Liste 18, Basel
Photography by Andrea Rossetti, Eva Vokata, Frantisek Matous