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Marika Mori
Tea Ceremony III, 1995
Laminated crystal print
48 x 60 x 2 1/2 inches
Collection of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton, Santa Monica, CA
Photo: Anthony Cunha




 
 
PERSON OF THE CROWD:
THE CONTEMPORARY ART 
OF FLÂNERIE
 
In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe published the seminal short story “The Man of the Crowd.” In it, he introduced a character that would become one of the central tropes of literary and artistic modernism: the flâneur (stroller), who is the participant-observer of the industrial revolution.
 
This character takes to the streets, wandering far and wide, gathering clues to the essence of the modern city by observing its physical fabric and its inhabitants and their public activities. Poe’s man of the crowd was the inspiration for Charles Baudelaire’s “The Painter of Modern Life,” the essay that heralded the arrival of the quintessential artist-flâneurs—the French Impressionists.
 
This exhibition surveys recent multimedia art created by artists who work in the way first described by Poe and codified by Baudelaire. They join street life in order to make art about postmodern cities around the world and the people who inhabit them. 
 
Artists include:
 
Marina Abramovic
Vito Acconci
Franz Ackermann
Bas Jan Ader
Francis Alÿs
Eleanor Antin
Arman
Desmond Beach
Sanford Biggers
Chakaia Booker
Stanley Brouwn
Ingrid Calame
Sophie Calle
Constant Nieuwenhuys
Guy Debord
VALIE EXPORT
Sylvie Fleury
Kendell Geers
Guerilla Girls
Marie-Ange Guilleminot
David Hammons
Keith Haring
Lynn Hershman
Hi Red Center
Jenny Holzer
Tim Hyde
Allan Kaprow
Kimsooja
Yves Klein
Charles LaBelle*
Moshekwa Langa
Lee Mingwei
Nikki S. Lee
George Maciunas
Larry Mantello
Annette Messager
Donald Moffett
Mariko Mori
OHO group
Claes Oldenburg
Jefferson Pinder
Adrian Piper
William Pope.L
Robert Rauschenberg
Christy Rupp
Martha Rosler
Ed Ruscha
Arthur Simms
Song Dong
Tehching Hsieh
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Ben Vautier
Jacques Villeglé
Nari Ward
Gillian Wearing
Krzysztof Wodiczko
David Wojnarowicz
Xu Bing
Yin Xiuzhen
Zhang Huan
Zhao Liang
 

Person of the Crowd is curated by Thom Collins, Director and
on view from January 20-April 13, 2008.
 
This exhibition was made possible in part by a leadership gift from
Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger.
 
*See additional work in Charles LaBelle: David Schwarz Project 8
on view January 26-March 13, 2008 in the Richard and Dolly Maass
Gallery, Purchase College School of Art Design.
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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