"But enough about me-- now let's talk about my work" Artoons by Pablo Helguera

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"But enough about me--now let's talk about my work", 2010 © Courtesy of the artist (published by Jorge Pinto Books)
"But enough about me-- now let's talk about my work" Artoons by Pablo Helguera
Curated by: Claudia Calirman

899 Tenth Avenue
Haaren Hall, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10019
February 9th, 2011 - March 19th, 2011
Opening: February 9th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

8am - 7pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
print, Book, Illustration, humor drawing


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is proud to present the exhibtion “But enough about me—now let’s talk about my work”: Artoons by Pablo Helguera from February 9th to March 19th, 2011 in the 6th Floor President’s Gallery. This exhibition marks the launch of the third volume of Helguera's  "Artoons", published by Jorge Pinto Books. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Music who invite you to celebrate the exhibition with an opening reception on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 from 5 - 8pm.

“But enough about me—now let’s talk about my work”: Artoons by Pablo Helguera offers an ironic, insightful, and humorous look at the contemporary art world, a prestigious and insulated sphere ruled by highly idiosyncratic systems of power and influence. Helguera meticulously observes the social network around him, absorbing information and channeling it into satire. Artists, curators, critics, art historians, collectors, dealers, donors—no one escapes his witty critique. Artoons like "Born on the wrong side of art history”, "I think I saw somewhere something about you doing something somewhere”, and “You are the artist of the moment! Oops. The moment is over” are fundamentally inside jokes, at once delightful and alarming for their bold sincerity.

Born in 1971 in Mexico City, Helguera is a New York–based artist. His extensive experience as a museum educator gives him a unique vantage point from which to observe the mechanisms of the art world. He comments on situations that, while rarely discussed in public, will be instantly familiar to all those who follow or are involved in contemporary art. His Artoons series touches upon the paradoxical contradictions of the art world, in which economic interests and artists’ choices are inextricably linked, without clear indication of which one is driving the other. Helguera has been the director of adult and academic programs at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, since 2007.

Helguera has exhibited  at venues including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Royal College of Art, London; the Eighth Havana Biennial, PERFORMA 05; Shedhalle, Zurich; ifa-Galerie, Bonn; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; MALBA—Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo, Mexico City; and, in New York, the Bronx Museum, Artists Space, Sculpture Center, MoMA PS1, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Among the artist’s numerous publications are Endingness; The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style; The Witches of Tepoztlán;  The Boy Inside the Letter; Theatrum AnatomicumThe Juvenal Players and Artoons 1 and 2.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

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