The Demonstration of Capitalist Realism
is a screening and symposium on September 12 and 13 addressing capitalist realism through both the specificities of its art-historical usage and a contemporary theorizing of capitalism and the “real.” It follows the recent exhibition Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism
which examined and articulated the term’s
relevance to the social and cultural developments of the past fifty
years, leading to its re-appearance in recent political and critical
theory. Through a series of presentations from art historians, philosophers, and theorists ranging from close-readings of capitalist realism as employed by artists Manfred Kuttner
, Konrad Lueg
, Sigmar Polke
, and Gerhard Richter
, and later by the gallerist Rene Block
, to considerations of the ontological shifts that have accompanied the ascendancy of neoliberal capitalism, the symposium will trace the movements between realism as artistic strategy and as mediated by pervasive ideology.
[Front Yard Exhibition, Galerie Parnass, Villa Jährling, Moltkestraße 67, February 1964, Photo: Rolf Jährling, Zentralarchiv des internationalen Kunsthandels ZADIK] More...