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Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality

June 22, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Chris Schanck [American, b. 1975] Untitled (Alufoi...

Chris Schanck [American, b. 1975]

Untitled (Alufoil Chair), 2019

Steel, polystyrene, aluminum foil, resin

35 x 21 x 18 inches

89 x 53 x 46 cm

Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality reconsiders periods of economic and social collapse through the lens of artistic innovations and material-driven narratives. It examines five art scenes generated during heightened periods of upheaval: America’s Detroit from the 1967 rebellion to the present; the cultural climate of the Italian avant-garde during the 1960s-1980s; authoritarian-ruled South Korea of the 1970s; Cuba since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s to the present; and contemporary Greece since the financial crisis of 2009. Featuring more than sixty artists, Landlord Colors is a landmark exhibition, publication, and public art and performance series. While the project unearths microhistories and vernaculars specific to place, it also examines a powerful global dialogue communicated through materiality. Landlord Colors discovers textured and unexpected relationships between these artists whose investigations share themes of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and resistance. Artists on view include Chris Schanck.

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