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GCC, Inaugural Summit, Morschach 2013 3, C-print, 46 3/4 × 33 1/8".

GCC

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GCC, Inaugural Summit, Morschach 2013 3, C-print, 46 3/4 × 33 1/8".

It seems like a joke, doesn’t it, for GCC to claim that it was founded in the VIP lounge of Art Dubai 2013? That nine young artists with roots in the Middle East formed a partnership while sporting art-fair badges? The scene comes off as satire, a wry comment on high culture’s role in rebranding the emirates as teetotaling Xanadus. Certainly in New York, where GCC made its US debut with the exhibition “Achievements in Retrospective,” there’s precedent for concocted origin stories (e.g., the Bruce High Quality Foundation notoriously backdates its beginnings to 9/11). Yet the facts check out. Art Dubai indeed afforded GCC’s “delegates” an opportunity to coordinate their varied itineraries. Inside the VIP lounge, irony comes ready-made.

“Achievements in Retrospective,” curated by Christopher Y. Lew, cheerfully commemorated GCC’s exhibitions in Berlin, London, Kassel, Beijing, and

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