The Crude and the Rare
The Crude and the Rare is a group exhibition that features an international roster of artists exploring the intersection of materiality, alchemy, and the politics of resource extraction in contemporary art. The exhibition includes a combination of works: ones newly commissioned for The Crude and the Rare, which will be viewed publicly for the first time at the show’s opening, and international projects from the past few decades never exhibited in NYC. The works in photography, video, sculpture, drawing, and installation address the political economy of precious substances such as gold, diamonds, and oil and the tenuous effects of globalization. By investigating how matter has inspired creative processes and critique, The Crude and the Rare delves into the poetry/poesis of making, considering how physicality and the transformation of matter layer our understanding of the material world.