The Bruce High Foundation has a mission to address the relationship between the art market and artists. The foundation is dedicated to this idea of social sculpture in the spirit of Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol. The Bruce High Foundation
“ is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the late social sculptor, Bruce High Quality. In the spirit of the life and work of Bruce High Quality, we aspire to invest the experience of public space with wonder, to resurrect art history from the bowels of despair, and to impregnate the institutions of art with the joy of man’s desiring.” “to foster an alternative to everything.” Bruce High Quality’s short life was a testament to the contemporary possibilities of social sculpture. Only Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol compared in their conflation of art with the systems of modern media. It is through the tireless efforts of the foundation that the artist’s wishes continue to be wished.” Resource: http://www.thebrucehighqualityfoundation.com/Site/mission.html
This questioning of the interconnected relationships of art and money systems is steeped in history, and to see this in a contemporary organization with a mission to question collectively these issues is a good thing. However it is not without criticism as an Artnews article has coined it “biting the hand that feeds it.” For the artists that participate are actively in the market that they criticize. So what - isn't that what its always been about. Isn't that one of the goals and ironies of art? That art criticizes art and the people who buy it and the people buy the art that criticizes them. Joseph and Andy would be proud.
The Following excerpt is from an Art Salon series in Miami:
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Bruce High Quality Foundation, Artist/Foundation, New York talk about their 'Teach 4 Amerika' project , the foundation founded a free art school, non credited which would stand outside the BFA/MFA system.- anyone could teach anyone could go. They are looking for an alternate to arts education. The student debt vs the career of the artists. The Bruces travelled around the country to art schools to talk about this dilemma.
Jens Hoffmann, Director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Moderator | Chelsea Haines, Education & Public Programs Manager, Independent Curators International, New York
Thursday, December 1, 2011
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