Marian Goodman New York | 12 January - 25 February 2023
Andrea Fraser is widely recognized as one of the most radical voices of institutional critique. Her work deploys rigorous conceptual analysis, humor, and pathos to question the social, economic, and political systems embedded within cultural institutions and practices, exposing our entanglements and implicit participation within these systems.
Our inaugural exhibition with Andrea Fraser presents a small survey of Fraser’s work from the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the New York premiere of a new video installation. The six works on view highlight Fraser’s provocative and self-reflexive approach to examining national, cultural, and social identity.
White People in West Africa (1989/1991/1993) applies Fraser’s reflexive critique to tourism and colonial relations through the medium of Fraser’s own tourist photography. Reporting from São Paulo, I'm from the United States (1998), comprise five broadcasts about the Bienal de São Paulo created for Brazilian television, linking its theme of anthropophagy to neo-colonialism, globalization, and wealth concentration. Fraser's Um Monumento às Fantasias Descartadas (A Monument to Discarded Fantasies), 2003, a monumental sculpture composed of discarded carnival costumes collected by the artist in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, serves as a poetic materialization of the potential fluidity of identity. Welcome to the Wadsworth (1991), one of Fraser's early museum tours, examines the Yankee ethno-nationalism pervading the museum's discourse and how it connects to economic and racial segregation.
Screening Schedule: 11 am - 12:45 pm | 12:45 - 2:30 pm | 2:30 - 4:15 pm | 4:15 - 6 pm
Accompanying this video installation, Fraser presents a new work, This meeting is being recorded: Rehearsal script draft 11, table 8, 2021/2022, which extends her long history of data- and text-based works, and her deep connection to the traditions of Conceptual art practice. In tables and text installed along an adjacent wall, the work lays out the content of the video in clinical detail, revealing the objectification and analysis involved in the process of its making, providing a counterpoint to the empathic and emotional pull of the performance.
In 1993 she represented Austria at the 45th Venice Biennale alongside Christian Philipp Müller and Gerwald Rockenschaub. She participated in the 1993 and 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, the 1998 and 2021 editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect 3 New Orleans in 2014, and the 12th Shanghai Biennale in 2018. Her project 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics (2018) was named the best art book of the decade by ARTnews.
Fraser has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2017); the Oscar Kokoschka Prize, Austria (2015); the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Cologne, Germany (2013); the Anonymous was a Woman Fellowship (2012); the Art Matters Inc. Fellowship (1996-1997, 1990-1991 and 1987-1988); National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship (1991-1992); and Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award (1990-1991.)