View of “Bruce High Quality Foundation,” 2014.

View of “Bruce High Quality Foundation,” 2014.

Bruce High Quality Foundation

Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels

View of “Bruce High Quality Foundation,” 2014.

In 2003, a group of Cooper Union alumni formed an organization to maintain and promote the artistic legacy of “Bruce High Quality,” a fictional artist who died in the 9/11 attacks. Since then, the Foundation has brought the gospel of Bruce to the Whitney Biennial as well as to shows at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Brooklyn Museum, to name a few. For their exhibition in Brussels, the collective produced an impressive installation that referenced two of Belgium’s best-known artists.

Vive la Sociale!” was based on—among other things—James Ensor’s famous painting Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889, 1888, now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. In this work, we see a Christ who resembles the painter himself surrounded by an indifferent crowd of people, most of them masked. Across the top of the painting, we see a banner with

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