real fake art, michael wolf

the production of these consumer products is an inadvertent criticism of the Western conception of art, threatening our understanding of what is acceptable, exhuming a myriad of complicated issues and thoughts regarding art and its contemporary interpretation.(…) Between the exceptional fame of most of the images, the quality of reproduction and the prices listed by each painting, it is clear that the retailers of these paintings aren’t attempting to pass them off as originals. Which puts the work into a new context — they are entirely consumer products.” em A Closer Look – Real Fake Art.

Michael Wolf, cujo trabalho tem vindo a abordar importantes questões contemporâneas, adicionalmente questionando a arte para lá das introvertidas questões relativas às especificidades de cada médium, como por exemplo em Fuck You Street View, ou em Tokyo Compression e agora neste Real Fake Art. Vale a pena ler o artigo A Closer Look, bem como a introdução à venda do livro, no site da Photo-Eye, para se perceber que direcções toma a fotografia contemporânea e qual a importância do que se conjuga.

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