Essay: Protest and Survive

 "The Real Estate Show," 123, Delancey Street, New York City, 31.12.1979 - 21.1.1980

"The assignment for today, though, is to look at exemplary artistic strategies of the 80s that altered the rules of the game, or tried to. In the popular imagination it’s a period that represents avarice, careerism, selfishness – the oft-quoted “greed is good.” And yet, because of a deadly spectre (which some saw as divine retribution), an articulation of rage, and the prospect of mutual selfdestruction that weighed on a generation, we witnessed a banding-together, people organising themselves with a common purpose..."

 

– This text appears in Spike Art Quarterly #57. You can buy it in our online shop –