“THROUGH OUR PUBLIC COLLECTIONS WE ALL OWN ART,” reads a new painting by British artist Bob and Roberta Smith (who is one guy).
Artist Patrick Brill, better known as Bob and Roberta Smith, has taken over a wing of MoMA PS1’s second floor; however, his own art only makes up a fraction of the show.
Britain’s former secretary of education Michael Gove, who earned the ire of the art community when he proposed cutting the arts from core curricula at UK schools in 2012, will face a new opponent next time he runs for election in his local district: The artist Patrick Brill, better known as Bob and Roberta Smith.
Grayson Perry is a cross-dressing British ceramic artist. Bob and Roberta Smith is a single artist who goes by a double name that also functions as an inside joke. Two of the weirder personalities in the contemporary art world, they come together in this video, in which a small sculpture of a dog proudly proclaims, “Conceptual art is shit.”
The project “Art Party” by Bob and Roberta Smith might have been planned in the past, yet it jabs a ramshackle kick straight into the miasma of current water cooler art talk.
This week I had the pleasure of talking to British conceptual artist Patrick Brill, better known as his alter ego Bob and Roberta Smith. We talked about visiting the Occupy Wall Street protests, starting a new political party and the history behind his alter ego. The conversation was charged with one powerful message—art can, and must, be valued and nurtured for its social and political potential. Through art, we can all be in charge.