New York

General Idea

Stux Gallery

Art about AIDS often focuses on the suffering of individuals caught within the health-care system, and between inadequate government programs, reiterating a by now well-known list of grievances: lack of research funds and of affordable treatment, and artificially elevated drug prices. Rather than thundering polemics or emotional manipulation, the Canadian.collaborative trio known as General Idea attempts an alternative strategy that leaves the door open to multiple interpretations. This deliberate ambiguity has caused some problems for the group. While many viewers praised their transformation of Robert Indiana’s Pop art L.O.V.E. paintings, 1962, to spell “AIDS,” for imbuing works from a more optimistic era with contemporary relevance, others expressed outrage at what they saw as a trivialization of the crisis’

General Idea’s more recent series of installations on drugs for the treatment

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