Leave it to the art world to make everything about them, a tendency that has become crystal clear over the past few weeks since the Occupy Wall Street movement began last month.
As Bucky Turco at Animal New York writes, people are wondering:
… why a ‘radical’ artist would lead a coup against a radical art space.
I have no explanation.
Sorry, but there’s nothing noble about occupying a leftist art space. Go do it at Marlborough Gallery. That would be impressive. #occupy38
— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) October 24, 2011
There’s also some confusion about the whole thing in Facebook’s Occupennial group and one person writes:
… for the record OWS didn’t ‘take’ Artists Space, it was invited, even treated to free pizza and beer.
If you want to occupy something people, how about a blue chip gallery or an auction house? Maybe a politician’s office who is infamous for not supporting the arts or cutting arts funding?
Perhaps Georgia Sangri and her merry band of self-described anarchists should start anew by occupying the Anthony Reynolds Gallery, a posh art space in London that still sells her work.