PRINT March 1987


FOR THOSE OF US RAISED in the idealist climate of art schools in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Hans Haacke is a seminal artist, his work a model for an art practice that would challenge the isolation of art from worldly issues. Unlike most politically motivated art, Haacke’s has not only explored the institutional mind, it has entered and touched its nerve endings, forcing responses from it and bringing it into visibility by incorporating those responses within itself. Haacke made a particular contribution at a time when it felt actually possible that art would break out of its incarceration in the museum vitrine, out of the cultural amnesia of late Modernism, and reclaim some kind of social responsibility. Although both times and art have changed, Haacke has not quit. In his recent exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, “Hans Haacke: Unfinished Business,” work from

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