Vito Schnabel is pleased to present The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s 2011 exhibition in Venice Italy, ARGUMENTA.
Walking is failing to fall, over and over again. – Bruce High Quality
ARGUMENTA, the inaugural Venetian exhibition by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, is a dialectical interrogation of the histories of painting, patronage, politics, power, pluralism, pandering, pity, punishment, perversion, pedantry, passion, pedagogy, and pestilence.
Works in the show include Las Meninas/Las Meninas, a new series of paintings in silver and black; The Apology, an installation of animatronic inflatable rats; and Art History with…, a series of pedagogical videos created over the past several years.
In the series, Las Meninas/Las Meninas, the Foundation pits Velazquez’s masterpiece against a staged photographic portrait of the Foundation’s first studio. Both works identify the position of the viewer by way of a small mirror toward the background of the space. In BHQF’s image the king and queen from Velazquez’s work have been replaced by the photograph’s camera. These alternating images create a vibration of history, mirroring the dialogical conundrum of the original painting. Using a six-panel grid of silkscreens, the paintings conjure the melancholic irony of Warhol’s Disaster series (1962-64), but with a renewing sense of trans-historical empathy. Further, the flattening fold seams suggested by the grid subjugate the images’ capacities for illusion while, paradoxically, reconciling them within the history of images.
In The Apology a group of inflatable scab rats, generally used to protest the employment of non-union laborers, synchronously bow while reciting an internal argument cum apology. The Apology struggles between the language of remorse and defiance confronting the edge between the personally momentous and momentary solidarity.
The Art History with… series is an ongoing pedagogical project by the Foundation. Art History with Food (2008), Public Art & Collaboration (2008), Five Courses of Empire (2009), and 2001: Art History with Metaphor (2010) use sequences of pivoting anecdotes and montages of found footage to present deconstructed histories of concern to the Foundation.
The exhibition will be on view from May 30th - June 5th (hours 10AM - 8PM) located at Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta, Gran Priorato Lombardia e Venezia, Sest. Castello 3253, 30122 VENEZIA
The Bruce High Quality Foundation was founded September 11th, 2001 and is based in New York City.
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