“Defacement” introduces twelve contemporary artists, and presents them in context alongside the “Situationist International,” an intellectual, social and artistic organization active from 1957-1972 which included Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The Situationists aimed to critique the evolving mass-consumerist society resulting from the globalizing force of capitalism. At the core of the exhibition is a re-reading of the strategy détournement, specifically interpreting the concept of defacement. The exhibition includes painter Jacqueline de Jong, who was one of the original members of “Situationist International,” Andy Warhol, whose use of repetition negated the concept of preciousness and posed a question to our conception of value, and Gerhard Richter’s iconic “Over Painted Photos,” as well as other contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibition aims to illustrate the value of defacement, investigating what surfaces when an artist defaces the surface, and how artists sacrifice the past to make way for the future.
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