21 May 2012


Sure, most of the work is over a decade old; but still, I suppose it makes sense -- in terms of the type of sense a certain market follows -- that White Cube would see fit to send the stuff to Hong Kong. "Mao was a cultured poet. Hitler was a petit bourgeois. His taste, concerning art, was really bad." Makes for a handy pull-quote, I suppose. But I still can't get past the fact that the work bears the same off-handed, by-the-numbers character as the series/exhibition's title. Tempted to say that for those who were inclined to side with Benjamin Buchloh's charge that Kiefer was guilty of letting his work devolve into mere "polit-kitsch," the artist (in this instance) handed them a strong bit of evidence to bolster the verdict.

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