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How Woke Are the Fall Shows at New York’s Blue-chip Art Galleries?

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How Woke Are New York's Fall Shows?
Installation view of Jean Dubuffet: Le cirque 540 West 25th Street, New York, September 18 – October 24, 2020 (photography courtesy of Pace Gallery)
Installation view of Jean Dubuffet: Le cirque 540 West 25th Street, New York, September 18 – October 24, 2020 (photography courtesy of Pace Gallery)
Seph Rodney takes a look at upcoming shows from Pace, David Zwirner, Gagosian, and Hauser & Wirth to get a sense for how they are reading this current moment. He wonders: How woke are these blue-chip galleries really?
In a new opinion piece, he ventures an answer:
I slowly realized that these mercenary for-profit entities aren’t likely to respond to political pressure to ante up when it’s their turn at the table in the representation stakes. I am looking in the wrong place if I’m looking at these businesses to help me negotiate this brittle time.
The EU Calls for a "New Bauhaus"
The Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany (photo via Flickr)
The Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany (photo via Flickr)
The European Union is looking to Bauhaus, the influential modernist movement, as a model for a new, climate-neutral architecture. The plan comes in the context of NextGeneration EU, the commission’s €750 billion (~$872 billion) recovery fund to help the continent’s pandemic-stricken economy.
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