29 November 2013



HOLY SMOKE !  AFTER ELFIE SEMOTAN COMES HELMUT LANG !                   LEFT HELMUT LANG S/S 2002 CIGARETTE CASE      RIGHT HANS HAACKE, HELMSBORO COUNTRY, 1990:

"THIS WORK MAKES A DIRECT REFERENCE TO JESSE HELMS, A CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF THE SENATE AT THE TIME, WHO WAS TIED TO TOBACCO LOBBYING. DURING HIS CAREER, HELMS NOT ONLY WANTED TO CLOSE DOWN THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, BUT ALSO CENSORED AND SUPRESSED ARTISTS AND THEIR EXHIBITIONS. THE WORK IS A CALL FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH WHILST SIMULTANEOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGING THE FACT THAT TOBACCO COMPANIES HAD BECOME ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC DONORS OF MUSEUMS IN THE 1990S. HAACKE PROPOSED, "ART WORKS ARE NO LONGER PRIVATE AFFAIRS", AND THAT ART INSTITUTIONS AND MUSEUMS WERE "ON THE SLIPPERY ROAD TO BECOMING PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENTS FOR THE INTERESTS OF BIG BUSINESS AND ITS IDEOLOGICAL ALLIES." FOR HAACKE, ART FOR ART'S SAKE NO LONGER EXISTED AS HE SAW ART INSTITUTIONS AND MUSEUMS AS BIASED POLITICAL BODIES. LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM    BEGÜM




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