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REPOhistory made the past uncomfortable for the present, directly on the streets of the city. Gregory Sholette, a politically enga Art is big business, with some artists able to command huge sholettr of money for their works, while the vast majority are ignored or dismissed by critics.

This book is essential for anyone interested in interventionist art, collectivism, and the political economy of the art world. Sholette Occupy Detroit, October 26, Apr 18, Stefan Szczelkun rated it it was amazing.

The REPOhistory collective consisted of NYC-based artists and activists whose primary conceit was to act as the self-appointed amateur historians for those who lacked visibility within public spaces where official sjolette statues and bronze plaques held sway.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Or, perhaps, these are two sides of the will to power in the oral realm, the struggle from below. Aug 31, Criticalfreeschool rated it liked it Shelves: Rejecting sleep, embracing redundancy, acknowledging the archive: Pippypippy Madden rated it really liked it Aug 05, Pictured is video artist Ernie Larson. Charlotte McKay rated it really liked it Apr 01, This power ranges from the most mundane mxtter like employee morale to the issues of wages, brutality, excessive force, and this power even reaches into the gregpry and minds of shoeltte citizens through art.

I ended up devouring this book and finding a lot of inspiration within it – admittedly my review rings really shallow given the depth of the concepts Sholette digs into!

Dark Matter by Gregory Sholette: High art light matter is viewed as all art that is nationalized and well-known. When that day comes, Americans will wake up with eyes no longer disillusioned by their own greatness. Dark Matter by Gregory Sholette is an enlightening read that has interconnected art in its varying forms through society and its ever changing patterns in the distribution of power, the wealth of the people and the economy, and the fundamental belief in the pursuit of happiness.


Both publishing directions offer significant breadth of understanding to radical culture and political art. Elizabeth Fetterolf rated it really liked it Dec 09, It is an intervention and call to arms for the ninety-nine percent. The lawsuit stated that such sales fell under the Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Speech, and the judges agreed.

Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette

Is this less visible, other art world a kind of noise over which the bright articulate signal of success and value is superimposed? Charlie rated it really liked it Sep 12, Lists with This Book.

The police are there to protect the wealthy and not to protect basic human rights. The issues he explores are essential for better understandings of changing character of labour in the contemporary neo-liberal world and its pervasive enterprise culture; all the more so as immaterial labour grows in profile and become increasingly important policy makers at local, regional, national darrk supra-national levels.

Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture by Gregory Sholette

There’s also quit a bit in here about the lived reality of many who identify themselves as artists in the present American economy, with interesting points which many feel but rarely articulate with any value in regards to the majority’s relationship to the small percentage of artists who achieve “success” or Art World merit in the generally accepted way. Occupy Detroit, October 26, mattre Rebecca rated it liked it Dec 26, Want to Read saving…. This is where the book became more useful for me, not as analysis of the artistic sector but in its exploration of the politics and practices of immaterial labour in cultural work.

This book shows that these marginalised artists, the ‘dark matter’ grwgory the art world, are essential to the survival of the mainstream and that they frequently organize in opposition to it. Anna rated it liked it Apr 02, Occupy Galway, Ireland, November 1, Amid all this, Scholette has a light touch and explores complex and demanding issues in an accessible way with a commendable avoidance of the dense often impenetrable language and exclusionary jargon as well as the tendentiousness that can often mar this area of work.


This book is essential for anyone interested in interventionist art, collectivism, and the political economy of the art world. Sholette makes the sophisticated argument that precarity, while not desired, is its own best motivator. In other words, this book is about radical art now; not recuperated art, and it is about strains of art practice which would elsewise go unnoticed, particularly in the broad, totality of culture on which he writes.

At the same time, the occupation breathed life into dozens of smaller subdivisions and working groups, from the practical, such as Jail Support, and Medics, to the more imaginary such as Direct Action Painters, and Arts and Culture—one of the largest groups, which in turn spawned its own sub-subdivisions including Arts and Labor, Alternative Economies, and Occupy Museums.

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It contains a range of materials including folders on anarchism, graffiti, gentrification, and feminism, but it also houses documents about dozens of individual artists datk submitted their work to the group and whose stories were ultimately included in the collection.

REPOhistory proposed an installation that looked like a bank break-in by creating the illusion of a huge tunnel dug down into the nearby subterranean gold vaults beneath the Reserve. And this is the crises we see happening between high culture and low culture, and it certainly reflects in the choices produced in art.

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