Yet behind the pranksterism, as Brooklyn Museum curator Eugenie Tsai has pointed out, is "a masked but very sincere utopianism" and a "perfect combination of Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys." Fundamentally, these are artists who embrace rather than shy away from big subjects, a trait that distinguishes them from many in their age cohort.

So how is it that the Bruces manage to continue to take on complex, knotty phenomena like arts education, hedge fund billionaires, and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (which they mashup with a canonical Duchamp sculpture to produce a silkscreen they call The Bachelors of Avignon)?

The Bruces’ 2004 restaging of Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa on the East River.
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The Bruces’ 2004 restaging of Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa on the East River.
the Bruces take on history in Thank You New York (2009).
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the Bruces take on history in Thank You New York (2009).

"This is what working collaboratively allows us to do," they answer almost in unison. "By discussing all these things together and making up fake narratives and alternate histories, we've figured out a way to create enough freedom for ourselves so far to do whatever we want. It's never personal. Instead, it's like a super-competitive conceptualized drawing party, with editing. And we constantly push ourselves to make the stakes bigger and bigger and bigger."

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artworldboondoggle
artworldboondoggle

It helps to achieve the flexibility and lifestyle necessary to explore these types of ideas and make this work when you come from means and are deeply connected to the very artworld you criticize. This is nothing new for successful artist, and perhaps that's the most interesting layer to their work.

artworldboondoggle
artworldboondoggle

It helps to achieve the flexibility and lifestyle necessary to explore these types of ideas and make this work when you come from means and are deeply connected to the very artworld you criticize. This is nothing new for successful artist, and perhaps that's the most interesting layer to their work.

jagemsacviretar
jagemsacviretar

same story... new art wannabes in bed with the same art cartel frauds ="NOTHING" NEW!  If an ORIGINAL TV show concept titled: "AMERICAN ART STAR" is produced it will REVOLUTIONIZE the Art World and take the power of choosing the most talented  artists away from the Super Dealers and their "NO" Submission Policies, that have left "the most talented artists in the world" starving, while the Hirsts, Koons, & Cattelans have become the richest artists in history, while "paying others" to create "their" work. The "American Idol" TV Show "opened" the music world to talent that would not have been discovered by executives. Take Dealers "OUT" of the judging process, and there will NEVER AGAIN be a multimillionaire artist who pays "others minimum wage" while auction houses and dealers make Billions. This idea on a global scale, ( "UK ART STAR, "MEXICAN ART STAR", ETC.) will create the finest modern art imaginable. Dead Sharks in ART MUSEUMS praised by critics, and curators, have demoralized a generation of artists and a WORLD, that Loves ART. JACK ARMSTRONG ARTIST L.A., BAJA MX.

 
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