Contemporary Art

I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me

February 6th, 2011 by Ashley Zelinskie

artworld I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts welcomes in a new year of art with the exhibition I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me. The show Features artists whose subject matter is the art world. The title plays on Joseph Beuys’s infamous performance I Like America and America Likes Me, in which the German artist inhabited a small gallery alongside a coyote. Organized by “bootleg” artist Eric Doeringer, I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me explores the fraught relationship between emerging artists and the established art world. The exhibition title can be read as either sincere or sarcastic, as these artists all have “love/hate” relationships with the art world. They desire to participate more fully and to be recognized but are simultaneously repulsed by some key aspects. There is a critical or iconoclastic character to much of the work, but also a great deal of reverence. Despite their criticism these artists clearly love art.

artworld3 I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me

Many of the artists in the exhibition use forms of mimicry to challenge the hierarchy of art world. Some make work based on pieces by earlier artists, others emulate institutions such as museums, galleries, and art magazines. A few choose to comment more directly, addressing their criticism of artists, critics, and galleries by name. Others take a more documentary approach, charting the history of their forebears and/or contemporaries. However, these works are not impartial accounts – they are personal and critical responses to the art (and the art world) of the 20th and 21st centuries. Like Beuys and his coyote, the relationship between these artists and the art world is constantly shifting – sometimes friendly, other times adversarial, with the constant threat that someone might get bitten.

I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me opened on January 14th, and in observance of the Art World, it will close on March 5th during the weekend of the Armory Show in New York.

artworld2 I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me

Featured Artists: Conrad Bakker, Marc Bijl, Jennifer Dalton, Eric Doeringer, Nancy Drew, Bill Drummond, Alex Gingrow, Grennan & Sperandio, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Charles Gute, Nate Harrison, Pablo Helguera, Dan Levenson / Little Switzerland, The Matthew Higgs Society, Loren Munk, Filip Noterdaeme, Laurina Paperina, William Powhida, Ward Shelley, Jade Townsend

January 14 – March 5, 2011

Next Performance:
Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm

An evening of performance and advice for artists that promises to be informative and entertaining. The How’s My Dealing? blog gives the inside scoop on New York City art dealers, Man Bartlett demonstrates the power of positive thinking, Dr. Lisa Levy evaluates the egos of audience members, and Pablo Helguera’s Estheticist counsels artists on professional and personal dilemmas.

For more information, or for press inquiries, please contact michelle@efanyc.org.

Images courtesy of lorenmunk.com, ericdoeringer.com, dutchartevents.blogspot.com,

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm and is filed under Art.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.