Joe Scanlan


Igor Ansoff, applied mathematician and management theorist, introduced to the business world in 1957 the Product-Market Growth Matrix, a schema that mapped the risks and advantages of diversification—developing new products for new markets—for a single company. Ansoff also served for a time as the vice president of Lockheed Corporation, one of the preeminent profiteers of the past four American wars. That fact adds a sinister edge to his pragmatic aptitudes—an edge that also informed Joe Scanlan’s latest exhibition, “Diversification.” Despite the simultaneous generosity and market savvy proffered by Scanlan’s work, from his collapse-and-carry Nesting Bookcase, 1989–, to his sculpture-cum-party-favor Catalysts, 1999—glue-on tears—the artist’s oeuvre as a whole suggests such a Machiavellian level of insight into the artist’s role in contemporary capitalism that his savoir faire can seem

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