New York

Mark Bidlo

Leo Castelli

In 1967, in a brilliant talk on “Critical Schizophrenia and the Intentionalist Method,” Max Kozloff called attention to the “sensibility” of ‘Warholism,’ in which nothing has to be proved or justified, and that is designed to invalidate“ critical consciousness, with its apparatus of subtle distinctions and discriminations. ”Aggressive" Warholism is still with us, and alive and well in Mike Bidlo’s art. By neutralizing the critical spirit, a Warholistic art gives itself unconditional validity and sovereignty. It caters to our gullibility, our unconscious wish to be taken in, to believe indiscriminately. A Warholistic art reduces us to a state that is as prone, accepting, and unresponsive as its subject matter. Above all, the Warholistic attitude exists to mask the parasitism of the Warholistic artist, whose principal message is that we are all in a position of blind dependence, which critical

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