An increasingly savvy and plugged-in movement, Occupy Museums will hold its Frieze protest on the heels of the movement's May Day demonstration. Whatever the numbers—organizers estimate they will be in the hundreds—these young folks deserve kudos for publicly querying the financialized uses and abuses of art today. (This is also why, one presumes, they've been invited to "occupy" the Berlin Biennial later this month.) No mere go-along-to-get-along rule book for "How to Make It in the Art World," their evolving polemic stands as a work of art on par with Frieze's garden sculptures and Marina Abramovic's strip shows. Frieze hasn't kicked off yet, but the Occupy kids have seemingly clinched it: Zuccotti Park on Randalls Island deserves Best in Show.

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Scapone
Scapone

"Swish" representatives..?! Are you kidding? Maybe you better look that word up, a-hole.

Severine7
Severine7

Great article. The sickest hypocrisy, to me, is how much of the art for sale inside the tent is likely aiming to "critique power structures."

What a joke.

Saml81
Saml81

Artists need to make a living too. Frieze and other fairs may not be ideal but if it means a gallery from Warsaw can sell Polish artists work and make them a living, for example, then why not.

Tonyleddy
Tonyleddy

The Frieze Art Fair should stay in London. The fair is not FAIR!

George W. Bush
George W. Bush

Great "review" of a "show" that hasn't yet taken place. Hope you'll write about it again next week post ad hoc priori mortem. . .

KD Resseger
KD Resseger

>>"critique power structures."

Oh the Irony.

Christian Viveros-Faune
Christian Viveros-Faune

Not a review of the show or an "a priori post-mortem," which is what I think you meant to write. Merely, an opinion about the financialized state of the art world, with which you can agree or not.

Scapone
Scapone

Grrr! --courtesy of the Pink Triangle Vocab Police Local 412.

buddy
buddy

I agree with that sentiment. And with the Occupiers. Let the artists make some cheese, but there's nothing wrong with calling attention to the crassness of it all. Severine7 nailed it. The re-allocation of a shitload of Joe and Josephine Sixpack's retirement funds into the coffers of the hedge fund honchos is what's bankrolling the art scene. Artists still have to eat, but it's worthwhile to consider that fact.

 
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