Defacement

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poster for Defacement
[Image: Gerhard Richter 8. Juni 16 (2) 2016, oil on photograph, 16.8 × 12.5 cm (c) Gerhard Richter, courtesy Wako Works of Art]

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“Defacement” ― The incisive attack which alters, spoils, or obfuscates the surface or original image and revalorizes a new form, reading or meaning. New York-based curator Amanda Schmitt has organized more than forty exhibitions, screenings and performances and garnered critical acclaim as an emerging socially-aware curator whose deliberate curations and reflection on the issues that burden contemporary society, as seen through art, have put her in the public spotlight. Schmitt was also one of the women featured as the 2017 Time Magazine “Person of The Year.”

Inviting Amanda Schmitt as guest curator, “Defacement” introduces twelve contemporary artists and presents them in context alongside ideas of “The Situationist International,” an intellectual, social and artistic organization active from 1957-1972 that included figures such as Asger Jorn and Guy Debord, among others. The Situationists aimed to critique the evolving mass-consumerist society resulting from the globalizing force of capitalism. At the core of the exhibition is a re-reading of the strategy détournement, specifically interpreting the concept of defacement. The exhibition includes painter Jacqueline de Jong, who was one the original members of “Situationist International,” Andy Warhol, whose use of repetition of silkscreened pop art negated the concept of preciousness and posed a question to our conception of value, and Gerhard Richter’s iconic “Over Painted Photos,” as well as other contemporary emerging and mid-career artists.

“Defacement” is formulated around ideas of the Situationists in order to reassess our current values in artistic creation, which even five decades after the critical movement witness the cycle of production, consumption, and waste at an untenable scale. The exhibition aims to illustrate the value of defacement, investigate what surfaces when an artist defaces a surface, and how artists sacrifice the past to make way for the future.

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