Artworks About Place Struggle Within the Confines of a Museum
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Artworks About Place Struggle Within the Confines of a Museum

Installation view of Ezequiel O. Suárez, “Si tú eres artista, vamos a sufrir” (“If you are an artist, we will suffer)” (2009-16) at Cranbrook Art Museum (all images by the author for Hyperallergic) BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Scrawled directly on the wall in the second gallery of Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality at the Cranbrook Art Museum — the culmination of a three-year project by Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow Laura Mott — are the red, spray-painted words: Si tú eres artista, vamos a sufrir . It translates to: If you are an artist, we will suffer . The statement is part of a work of the same title by Cuban artist Ezequiel O. Suárez. It’s meant as a direct commentary on economic disparity and opportunity in his native country following the Cuban Revolution, but it’s also a fitting motto for a terrifically ambitious exhibition that attempts to juxtapose the art and economic conditions of Detroit over the last half-century with those of various international locales in recent history: the Italian avant-garde from the 1960s to the 1980s, including the Arte Povera movement; authoritarian-ruled South Korea in the 1970s, which encompassed Dansaekhwa and Korean monochrome painting; Cuba […]

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