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December 7, 2015

Seven Year Itch

Martha Rosler, Point and Shoot, 2008, from Out Now! at e-flux, New York, September–November 2008.

Corruption: Everybody Knows…
extended through December 23, 2015

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New York, NY 10002
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Seven years ago, in response to the lack of exhibitions addressing the Iraq war and occupation at New York’s museums and galleries, e-flux started a program of curated solo and group shows which focused on presenting works by artists excluded, omitted, or forgotten by this city’s commercially-driven art scene. Seven years and many exhibitions later, we are happy to see that a new generation of spaces and curators appear to value political engagement as integral component of cultural practices. 

Our current exhibition, Corruption, Everybody Knows…organized by Natasha Ginwala, will be the last show at our current location on the Lower East Side. Next year e-flux will move to Brooklyn, and we will be taking some time to understand what form of public activities will make sense in our new neighborhood, Clinton Hill. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to exhibitions at e-flux: 

Pio Abad, Vito Acconci, Saâdane Afif, Peggy Ahwesh, Ai Weiwei, Josh Altman, Suad Amiry, Ray Anastas, Laurie Anderson, Mike Andrews, Julieta Aranda, Cory Arcangel, Karen Archey, Siah Armajani, John Armleder, Micol Assael, Olivier Babin, Fia Backström, John Baldessari, Sarnath Banerjee, Franco Barchiesi, Laura Barlow, Alfred Barr, Jesus Barraza, Juliane Bauer, Lothar Baumgarten, Thomas & Helke Bayrle, Olat Bender, Walter Benjamin, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Larry Bell, Adelita Husni Bey, Guillaume Bijl, Dara Birnbaum, Rossella Biscotti, Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Bouthot, Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Detlef Brall, Matthew Brannon, Joan Brossa,  Marcel Broodthaers, Zach Bruder, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Chris Burden, Daniel Buren, Dan Byers, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, Fabio Di Camillo, CAMP, Lindsay Caplan, Jeremy Carden, Adam Carr, Paolo Carpignano, Maurizio Cattelan, Elisa Maria Cerra, Dinos & Jake Chapman, Hsiao Chen, Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong, Norman Chernick-Zeitlin, Jennifer Chert, Doryun Chong, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chto Delat, Patrick Cockburn, Anne Collier, Stephen Conover, Constant, Irina Contreras, Martin Creed, Critical Art Ensemble, Adam Curtis, Stefan Demary, Marco Desiriis, Erik Dietman, Keti Chukhrov, Cosmin Costinas, Moyra Davey, Marcelline Delbecq, Thomas Demand, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Mynou Dietrichmeier, Walt Disney, Goran Djordjević, Chris Dorland, Jimmie Durham, Maria Eichhorn, Viola Eickmeier, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Ian Erickson-Kery, Ayşe Erkmen, Reem Fadda, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fend, Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Sylvie Fleury, Claire Fontaine, Andrea Fourchy, Anselm Franke, Andrea Fraser, Free Cooper Union, Friends of William Blake, Katharina Fritsch, Anne-Pascale Frohn, Aurélien Froment, Eva Fuchs, Ryan Gander, Gautel/Karaindros, Frank O. Gehry/Richard Serra, Kirsa Geiser, General Idea, Isa Genzken, Paul-Armand Gette, Jef Geys, Gilbert & George, Mariam Ghani, Simryn Gill, Liam Gillick, Natasha Ginwala, Anton Ginzburg, Helidon Gjergji, Leon Golub, Douglas Gordon, Manuel Graf, Dan Graham, Loris Gréaud, Tue Greenfort, Joseph Grigely, Victor Grippo, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Jens Haaning, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rana Hamadeh, Jo Hany, Michael Hardt, Mona Hatoum, Stephan Hempel, Hengst, Tom Holert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Ulrike Holthöfer, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Tehching Hsieh, Hu Fang, Huang Yong Ping, Thomas Huesmann, Pierre Huyghe, Fabrice Hybert, Nathan Hylden, Rachel Ichniowski, Daria Irincheeva, Robert Irwin, Amal Issa, Sanja Iveković, Luis Jacob, Ken Jacobs, Ana Janevski, Rainer Jordan, Ilya Kabakov, Rajkamal Kahlon, Sandy Kaltenborn, Allan Kaprow, Tadashi Kawamata, Achim Kayser, Thomas Keenan, Kathy Kelly, Stefan Kessels, Hassan Khan, Frank Kiefel, Per Kirkeby, Yves Klein/Werner Ruhnau, Kathleen Knitter, Alison Knowles, Joachim Koester, Koo Jeong-a, Lex Kosieradzki, Jannis Kounellis, Gabriel Kuri, Frog King Kwok, David Lamelas, Lisa Lapinski, Thomas Laprade, Gabriel Lester, Bertrand Lavier, Ange Leccia, Lee Ufan, Sol LeWitt, Tammy Lin, Victoria Lomasko, Len Lye, Wietske Maas, Magdalena Magiera, Gilles Mahé, Benoît Maire, Antje Majewski, Christian Marclay, Chris Marker, Pedro Neves Marques, Daria Martin, Kris Martin, Chus Martinez, Fabio Mauri, Gerard McGettrick, Flávia Müller Medeiros, Cildo Meireles, Angela Melitopoulos & Maurizio Lazzarato, Ana Mendieta, Gustav Metzger, Philip Mirowski, Omar Mismar, Timothy Mitchell, Naeem Mohaiemen, Lutz Mommartz, Andrei Monastyrski & Collective Actions, Jonathan Monk, Vincent Monnikendam, Robert Morris, Tania Mouraud, Michael Müller, Michel Müller, Seda Naiumad, Bruce Nauman, Eduardo Navarro, Carsten Nicolai, Alexander Niklasch, Raster Noton, OKO, Sophie O’Brien, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Oursler, Jean Painlevé, Trevor Paglen, Spyros Papapetros, Otto Pascale, Piero Passacantando, Giuseppe Penone, Stefan Pente, Manfred Pernice, Julia Peyton-Jones, Giulia Pezzoli, Joe Pflieger, Susan Philipsz, Willi Pierre, Cajus Pietschmann, Steven Pippin, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Hermann Pitz, Paola Pivi, Rivers Plasketes, Maite Pollux, Alessandra Pomarico, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Laure Prouvost, Steffen Puschke, Pussy Riot, Jens Queren, Khalil Rabah, Markus Raetz, Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos, Raqs Media Collective, Robert Rauschenberg, Dan Rees, Tobias Rehberger, Neville Reichman, Alessandra Renzi, Alain Resnais, Jason Rhoades/Raymond Pettibon, David Riley, Roger, Martha Rosler, Anna Rossi, Ulrich Rückriem, Allen Ruppersberg, Edward Ruscha, Rasha Salti, Joe Scanlan, Ines Schaber, Robert Schlicht, Markus Schmacht, Andrea Schmidt, Gregor Schneider, Aaron Schuster, Uwe Schwarzer, Allan Sekula, David Senior, Yann Sérandour, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Mariana Silva, Gary Simmons, Dexter Sinister, Yutaka Sone, Francis Newton Souza, Nancy Spero, Stephen Squibb, Charles Stankievech, Gertrude Stein, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinović, Branka Stipancic, Alberto Storari, Bertram Sturm, Sebastian Summa, Monika Szewczyk, Ron Terada, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Miriam Tola, Guy Tortosa, Alberto Toscano, Jalal Toufic, Stephen Van Trees, Rosemarie Trockel, Uri Tzaig, Chiara Vecchiarelli, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Jan Verwoert, Cecilia Vicuña, Anton Vidokle, Andrea Viliani, La Vina, Ghazaal Vojdani, Danh Vo, herman de vries, Ute Waldhausen, Jörg Wambsganß, Jeff Wall, What, How & for Whom, Lois Weinberger, Thomas Wendler, Richard Wentworth, Franz West, Erik Wiegand, William Wheeler, Stephen Willats, Robbie Williams, Susanne M. Winterling, Jeffrey Wisniewski, Krzysztof Wodiczko, & Jonas Mekas, Martin Wong, Brian Kuan Wood, Donelle Woolford, Carla Zaccagnini, Mila Zacharias, Uliana Zanetti, Arseny Zhilyaev, Tirdad Zolghadr

We also want to let you know that our last exhibition has been extended through December 23, and to share the review of this show by Holland Cotter.

Come see us before we move.


Art Review, New York Times
Corruption: Everybody Knows…, Think Pieces From E-flux”
By Holland Cotter
December 3, 2015

e-flux began in 1998 with an emailed news release for a one-night group show in Chinatown. Since then, it has grown to include a monthly journal and a wide-reaching distribution system for art world information, and it’s become one of the few galleries in the city to present politically minded global fare consistently. Its current show, Corruption: Everybody Knows…, will be the last in the organization’s Manhattan space—e-flux is moving to Brooklyn in 2016—and is very much in its signature think-piece mode.

Organized by Natasha Ginwala, a curator and writer based in Berlin and India, it approaches its theme through gnomic works—each feels like a piece of a larger project—by two dozen artists and a collective. Occasionally, the corruption is in the form of physical decay, depicted or actual: In a 1955 ink drawing by the Indian artist Francis Newton Souza, from his “Gentlemen Series,” a head seems to be disintegrating; in an installation by Charles Stankievech about nuclear waste, cobalt-radiated grapefruit rots away.

Moral corrosion is implied in a piece by Yin-Ju Chen and James T. Hong involving sex toys and live fruit flies. And geopolitics is the defiling agent in satirical cartoons by Sarnath Banerjee and Gabriel Acevedo Velarde; in videos by Hassan Khan (about Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt) and Naeem Mohaiemen (about the 1971 war in Bangladesh); and in audio scripts based on Indian government phone taps by the collective CAMP.

Is there no anti-corruption hope to be had? Franco Berardi, also known as Bifo, finds some in a recent address by Pope Francis. So does Hu Fang in an ensemble of horticultural prints titled “Why We Look at Plants in a Corrupted World.” And there’s sound thinking in essays by several artists—Denise Ferreira da Silva, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Wietske Maas, Aaron Schuster—in a concurrent issue of e-flux journal. e-flux is talking about reducing its exhibition schedule after its move. I really hope the principals change their minds and keep bringing us artists and ideas we would not otherwise find.

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