New York

John Heartfield

Abc No Rio

Since the inception of ABC No Rio, the artists who work most closely together there have been interested in generating a community involvement, getting local people to come in and participate, making art that can easily be seen to connect with the neighborhood. It is a noble strategy, but one with arguable success—too often the gallery functions as little more than a clubhouse, with attendant self-contained ennui, and a limited supply of either excitement or eccentricity.

Recently there have been signs that things have been-changing; new faces, new attitudes seem to have generated a collective rethinking, and there has been a string of shows that redefine the group’s history and attempt to enlarge its idea of community. To date the most inspired of these repositionings has been the John Heartfield exhibition. Aligning Dada and agitprop traditions with more recent forms of radical

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