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Borrowing part of the title from Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1889 book, Twilights of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer, the Lower East Side gallery, White Box, is showing “How to Philosophize with a Hammer” curated by Raúl Zamudio — a bold and aggressive exhibit which features works that expand on Nietzsche’s idea on the death of authority or the end of sophistication.
Comprised of over 25 international artists using a variety of media from video to painting to performance, institutions like Coca-Cola, Ford and Mr. Clean are mashed up into a new super company which creates excrement, as seen in Wim Delvoye’s “Cloaca” piece. Brooklyn artist Daniel Davidson’s painting, “My Corporation,” reveals what, upon closer inspection, the odd or atypical things that occur in a typical multi-story building. Perhaps the most striking attack on a long-standing institution, Christianity, is seen in the work “Slit Ma” by Belarusian artist Pasha Radetzki, in which a statue of a Virgin Mary is being split in two at the legs with a tablesaw.
Click here to read The L Magazine‘s review of the exhibition.