10 Art Lists

08/07/2012 11:21 AM |

4. Bruce High Quality Foundation, Art History with Labor, 2012


The Bruces struck edification gold with their recent video Art History with Labor. Taking Martin Luther’s 95 Theses as inspiration, the Bruces spliced together TV, news, and documentary footage to make their own 95 complaints about that convoluted world of art and labor. It’s unclear which points are complaints and which are observations when the Bruces mix together segments on Ayn Rand, the Art Workers Coalition, and Jeff Koons. Overall, it’s goofy, mixing the childish excitement of Sesame Street with the banality of The History Channel, but as Art Fag City contributor Leighann Morris points out, Art History with Labor asks that all-important question of “[H]ow can art exist in an era of Kelis informing you that her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard?”