M. S. Dansey

  • Roberto Plate, Pincel NY, 1982, oil on canvas, 94 1/2 x 74 3/4".
    picks March 14, 2016

    Roberto Plate

    It all began with a public bathroom. Specifically, a fake bathroom that Roberto Plate, a young conceptual artist, installed in 1968 at the Instituto Di Tella. While the toilets did not work, the walls provided a place where, in the form of graffiti, visitors could express their basest instincts and more. Much of the walls’ scrawlings condemned the military dictatorship under General Onganía, who eventually ordered the exhibition to be shut down. When, in response, the other artists in the show burned their works at the entrance, Onganía then closed the institute itself—arguably among the first