Haacke’s portrait of Margaret Thatcher

10.04.2013

Duchamp said art has a shelf life and apparently so does meaning. When the Tate exhibited Haacke’s portrait of Margaret Thatcher (R.I.P.) in 1984 with some broken plates depicting the Saatchi Brothers behind her, Charles resigned from the board. What happened to the original Mr. Shock & Awe and his thick-skinned support of the new? Who could be bothered now, Charles or anyone else?

And after David Hammons billboard “How Ya Like Me Now,” featuring Jesse Jackson as a white blonde was installed in Washington D.C., it was attacked by sledgehammer-armed African American youths. Today, the only weapon that would be raised against this artwork would be the auction paddle of an aggressive art collector.   ... weiterlesen

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