The art handlers have taken over the gallery
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 25 July 2012
Jack Shainman gallery in New York appears to have hit upon a canny marketing ploy for the exhibition "Hi! Jack" (2 August-1 September). An e-mail addressed to Shainman informs the genial Manhattan gallerist that his art handlers have organised a "soft takeover". The result? An exhibition that presents "rarely shown works by artists from your gallery alongside artists of our choice who have never shown at Jack Shainman Gallery", say the forthright workers. Artists selected include Tyler Rowland and Mariah Robertson (but names cheekily blotted out on the e-mail include Emily Jacir and Christian Marclay). "Please do not be alarmed. We strive for camaraderie as we collapse the divisions of labor. This is our revolt. For the duration of HiJack!, we are not merely your 'art handlers' and we do not truly regard you as our hostage. We hope that under these conditions Stockholm/Lima Syndromes will flourish," continues the intriguing, entertaining e-mail.
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