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Hans Haacke
Paula Cooper Gallery - 534 W. 21st Street
534 W.21st St., New York, NY 10011
January 11, 2008 - February 23, 2008


A Look at Hans Haacke
by Keith Miller


Good artists borrow, great artists steal. OK. What kind of artist gets a Guggenheim Curator fired? In 1971 Hans Haacke, the New York based, German conceptual artist did that by simply laying out the real estate holdings of members of the board of trustees. Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, A Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971 (1971) is made up of a series of small black and white photos next to which are the owner listings and approximate value of each building. There are numerous corporations, all of which belonging to the two named in the title.  The net worth is over three quarter of a billion dollars (in 1971!).

Haacke’s brand of political conceptualism challenges the notion that Conceptual Art is an onanistic game for the aesthetically challenged. Few works are so immediately challenging, or cause so immediate a reaction. If only it would happen more often. Now, over thirty years later, one can only hope that more art has the same artless aggression, singular clarity and challenging stance. Boy, would that sell well.


- Keith Miller


[*Images, from top to bottom:  Hans Haacke, Hans Haacke, January 11 - February 17, 2008; Paula Cooper Gallery,
Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971, 1971, Map of Manhattan in six sections; twenty-four typewritten sheets with collaged photography contact prints; one typewritten sheet (photo enlargement) map sections:  six parts at 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) each; typewritten sheets with photographic contact prints:  twenty-three parts at 23 x 9 inches (58.4 x 22.9 cm) each, one part at 21-1/4 x 9 inches (54 x 22.9 cm); photo enlargement:  24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) ©ARS.  Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.   Hans Haacke, Hans Haacke, January 11 - February 17, 2008; Paula Cooper Gallery, Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971, 1971, Map of Manhattan in six sections; twenty-four typewritten sheets with collaged photography contact prints; one typewritten sheet (photo enlargement) map sections:  six parts at 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) each; typewritten sheets with photographic contact prints:  twenty-three parts at 23 x 9 inches (58.4 x 22.9 cm) each, one part at 21-1/4 x 9 inches (54 x 22.9 cm); photo enlargement:  24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) ©ARS.  Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Hans Haacke, Hans Haacke, January 11 - February 17, 2008; Paula Cooper Gallery, Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971, 1971, Map of Manhattan in six sections; twenty-four typewritten sheets with collaged photography contact prints; one typewritten sheet (photo enlargement) map sections:  six parts at 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm) each; typewritten sheets with photographic contact prints:  twenty-three parts at 23 x 9 inches (58.4 x 22.9 cm) each, one part at 21-1/4 x 9 inches (54 x 22.9 cm); photo enlargement:  24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm) ©ARS.  Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.]    


Posted by Keith Miller on 1/27/08

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