Christina Rees and Brandon Zech discuss artist Jens Haaning’s recent viral artwork, Take the Money and Run, and also discuss David Hockney’s recent essay about the state of abstraction.
“This is the kind of thing that makes taxpayers angry in the U.S. … and this is the kind of thing that gets artists into hot water and gives them a really bad name.”
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—NY Times: In the Name of Art, an Artist Pockets $83,000 and Creates Nothing
—Washington Post: A Danish museum lent an artist $84,000 for his work. He kept the cash and named the art ‘Take the Money and Run.’
—Secession: Jens Haaning: An Average Austrian Year Income
—ARTnews: Artists Makes Off with $84,000 (as Art), Swiss Museum Leader Battles Critics, and More: Morning Links for September 28, 2021
—Bloomberg: Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork
—ARTnews: Hard Cash: A History of Artists Using Money as a Metaphor—and a Medium in Their Work
—Artnet News: A Danish Museum Lent an Artist $84,000 to Reproduce an Old Work About Labor. Instead, He Pocketed It and Called It Conceptual Art
—The Guardian: Danish artist delivers empty frames for $84k as low pay protest
—Artnet News: Is There Anything Mr and Mrs Doodle Can’t Do? Is the Guy Who Stole $84K as Art a Hero? + Other Questions I Have About the Week’s Art News
—Hyperallergic: Danish Artist Runs Away With Museum’s Cash and Calls It Art
—NPR: For $84,000, An Artist Returned Two Blank Canvasses Titled ‘Take The Money And Run’
—The Art Newspaper: David Hockney: ‘Abstraction in art has run its course’
—Artnet News: Can Abstract Art Still Be Radical?
—The New Republic: The End of Abstract Art