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“The People’s Choice”

Group Material

Group Material is a loose association of about 12 artists committed to working in the area where esthetics and politics meet. The group has existed in one form or another for about a year, operating from a storefront on East 13th Street since last July, and presenting theme shows in which the idea behind each show is considered more important than any of the pieces in it.

The members of Group Material find the notion of production problematic when they consider the role of art objects. To keep from having that production co-opted (something very few overtly political artists have been able to avoid), they downplay and at times repudiate the object in favor of the context. The group’s real work is their use of the storefront as a catalyst. Their ambition, at least at present, is remarkably free of individual careerism, and is focused instead on the creation of the conditions necessary for

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