“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 Artforum.com’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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