Episode 3: cézanne beats pollock
Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Julie Goergen, David Horvitz, Kimberly Clark, Jonathan Monk, Björn Perborg, Antoine Renardinsitu Berlin12.09.–24.10.2013
»Episode 3: Cézanne beats Pollock« is a group show that reflects on and discusses mechanisms of the art market as well as the art system itself. An artist’s professional ascension is ruled by numerous, often very hierarchical steps. Besides the studio work and the artistic content itself, an artist is confronted more and more with various concerns. These concerns can include networking, recognition in the media, plus the accumulation of shows and public appearances, all of which lead to forms of ›starification‹ in the art world. Invented by Hollywood, implanted into the art field by Andy Warhol, and widely applied since the 2009 TV show »School of Saatchi« (which looked for the next upcoming artist star), this strongly competitive system within art induces an often ambivalent situation in which artists find themselves trying to produce independent and authentic artworks while being dependent on and influenced by the rules of gallerists, curators, and collectors. Therefore, reflections on the pressure to succeed, financial security or the sustainability of art pieces are often embedded into the content of art production itself.
»Episode 3: Cézanne beats Pollock« assembles artworks that question the repercussions of this system on artistic production and attitudes with an often self-deprecating and humorous approach. The exhibition is part of Cycle I, which presented six episodes that dealt with fundamental questions surrounding the production of art: from the blank wall of the studio, to the jungle of the art market.
12.09.–24.10.2013OPENING Wednesday 11.09.2013, 6.00–9.00pminsitu Berlin (former location)Kurfürstenstrasse 21–22, Berlin-SchönebergThis exhibition is part of insitu collective's Cycle I, which also included:»Episode 1: rules of attraction«»Episode 2: sabotage«»Episode 4: tireless workers«»Episode 5: in the beginning«»Episode 6: blank page«»Episode 7: another space«
Images top - bottom:Maria Anwander »Untitled (Not All Art Will Go Down In History)« 2012. Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V. Kimberly Clark »Give me change« 2006 (performance during the opening night). Courtesy the artists. Photo: insitu e.V. Jonathan Monk »A Copy Of Deflated Sculpture No. 1, 2009« 2013. Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V.
Ruben Aubrecht & Maria Anwander »Untitled (letter of refusal)« 2010. Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V.