vienna

Pratchaya Phinthong, Give More Than You Take, 2010–13, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “and Materials and Money and Crisis.”

“and Materials and Money and Crisis”

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Pratchaya Phinthong, Give More Than You Take, 2010–13, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “and Materials and Money and Crisis.”

As T. J. Clark and other Marxist critics have argued, the thorny entwinement of modernity and aesthetic praxis has, since the late-nineteenth century, preoccupied some of history’s most inventive artists and intellectuals as they have sought ways to engage this nexus through their given craft. Particularly urgent for curator Richard Birkett, who together with artist Sam Lewitt conceived of this show, was the dematerialization of the art object beyond the physical specificity of its medium in an era characterized by intensified economic abstraction and a growing separation between capital and the means of production. Originating as a symposium at Artists Space that coincided with the Whitney Biennial in 2012, this exhibition took various markers of financialization—among other events, the elimination, in 1971, of gold as the standard that guaranteed the value of the US dollar

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