• Sam Durant and Takeshi Kagami, Southern Rock Garden Beginning-less/Endless Primordial Connection to a Floating World with Consciousness of Sheer Invisible Mass, 2000.

    “Rock–Paper–Scissors: Pop Music as Subject of Visual Art”

    Kunsthaus Graz
    Lendkai 1
    June 6–September 6, 2009

    Curated by Diedrich Diederichsen

    As recent historical exhibitions attest—notably P.S. 1’s 2006 “Music Is a Better Noise” and the Barbican’s “Panic Attack!” in 2007—art and pop music have been creative bedfellows for many a year. Despite encroaching middle-age spread, they are repeatedly called on to do a dance of high and low culture for the gallery masses. For his take on the subject at Kunsthaus Graz, pop-culture theorist Diedrich Diederichsen will forgo easy categorizations to highlight idiosyncracies in this show’s disparate collection of videos, paintings, drawings, and installations by sixteen artists informed by music—from Mike Kelley and Kim Gordon to younger practitioners such as Mathias Poledna and Nico Vascellari. Exploring pop’s full tonality where others have settled for a simple love song, this show seeks to critically engage, rather than merely illustrate, the continuing romance.