Reena Spaulings: How to Cook a Wolf / Kunsthalle Zurich

“In 2004, the New York-based artist Reena Spaulings emerged from the daily operation of an art gallery (Reena Spaulings Fine Art, founded by John Kelsey & Emily Sundblad) on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Often playing on the double-identity of art dealer and artist, Spaulings’ work undermines professional divisions of labor and disciplinary hierarchies, while interrogating traditional notions of authorship and artistic agency. (…) For “How to cook a Wolf” at Kunsthalle Zürich, Spaulings presents The Dealers, a new series of oil portraits based on photos downloaded from’s “Scene & Herd” and other art-related websites. Testing the shelf life of various ideas of “bad painting,” The Dealers are based mainly on friends and professional colleagues that Spaulings has worked with over the years. (Excerpt PR Kunsthalle Zurich). Opening, August 24, 2007.

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