I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me

January 14 - March 5, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 6-8 pm

At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St., 2nd Floor

Artists: Conrad Bakker, Marc Bijl, Jennifer Dalton, Eric Doeringer, Nancy Drew, Bill Drummond, Alex Gingrow, Grennan & Sperandio, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Charles Gute, Nate Harrison, Pablo Helguera, Dan Levenson  / Little Switzerland, The Matthew Higgs Society, Loren Munk, Filip Noterdaeme, Laurina Paperina, William Powhida, Ward Shelley, Jade Townsend

Curated by: Eric Doeringer

I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me  features artists whose subject matter is the art world.  The title plays on Joseph Beuys's infamous performance I Like America and America Likes Me, in which the German artist inhabited a small gallery alongside a coyote. Organized by "bootleg" artist Eric Doeringer, I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me explores the fraught relationship between emerging artists and the established art world.  The exhibition title can be read as either sincere or sarcastic, as these artists all have "love/hate" relationships with the art world.  They desire to participate more fully and to be recognized but are simultaneously repulsed by some key aspects. There is a critical or iconoclastic character to much of the work, but also a great deal of reverence.  Despite their criticism these artists clearly love art.



Related Events:

Thursday, February 3, 6:30 pm A Love/Hate Relationship: Artists Explore Their Fixation with the Art World As Subject, panel discussion with Eric Doeringer, Jennifer Dalton, Loren Munk, and William Powhida

Thursday, February 17, 6:30 pm I Like the Art World: An Evening of Performance and Creative Advice, Man Bartlett, Lisa Levy, and Pablo Helguera