press release

What do we want from art? Andrea Fraser addresses this question in her work, looking at the motivations of a broad range of agents in the field: artists, collectors, gallerists, patrons, curators, directors, audiences. Identified with Institutional Critique and informed by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social fields, much of Fraser’s work is a critical analysis of the social fabric of the art world, revealing its internal conflicts, mechanisms and hierarchical structures.

Developing on site-specific and research-based approaches, combined with feminist investigations of subjectivity and desire, Fraser’s methods are also rooted in the psychoanalytic principle that one can only engage with structures and relationships in an immediate way, in their performance. Her exceptional ability to enact diverse social positions engages audiences in precisely this way, while disclosing the diverse relationships and interests within this complex structure.

The exhibition will include early works about institutional discourse such as Four Posters (1984) and Woman 1/ Madonna and Child 1506–1967 (1984); seminal works about museums including Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk (1989) and Little Frank and His Carp (2001); to themes around globalisation in works such as Garden Program (1993) and Welcome to São Paulo, I’m from the United States (1998). While the bulk of Fraser’s work centres on the social and economic conditions of the art world, her later works explore the underlying psychological structures of the personal in relation to the public, in emotionally charged works such as Projection (2008) and Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism KPFK (1972, 2012/2014).

L’1% c’est moi is Fraser’s first monographic exhibition in Spain. The exhibition will bring together a selection of key works that spans over 30 years of critical practices, including text-based works, installation, video, performance and documentation. The exhibition is co-produced with Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, where it will be presented in October 2016. A compilation of critical writings and scripts by Fraser, an indispensable component of the artist’s work, will be published in Spanish for the occasion.

Curators: Cuauhtémoc Medina y Hiuwai Chu