DATE: NOV 2019
HOTSOX teamed up with Art Production Fund on this vibrant collaboration, partnering with influential living artists. APF puts a spotlight on contemporary art, commissioning and producing ambitious public projects that span all art forms.
Barbara Kruger, “Belief+Doubt,” 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver
Most known for her black-and-white photographs with overlaid, declarative captions, Barbara Kruger is a conceptual artist based between New York and Los Angeles working with video, performance, and imagery. Kruger’s art addresses the cultural constructions of power, identity, language and sexuality, often pairing found photographs with pithy and assertive text that challenges the viewer.
“I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life, but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely avoid a high degree of difficulty"
— Barbara Kruger
Kruger’s career spans decades, having shown work in galleries and institutions around the world from LACMA to MOMA. Her signature style was the influence for the Supreme logo, which James Jebbia, founder of Supreme, admittedly ripped off. A prominent feminist still making work today, Barbara Kruger is a living legend.
Photo courtesy of deborahkass.com
Deborah Kass (born 1952) is an American artist whose work explores the intersection of pop culture, art history, and the construction of self. Deborah Kass works in mixed media, and is most recognized for her paintings, prints, photography, sculptures and neon lighting installations. Kass’s early work mimics and reworks signature styles of iconic male artists of the 20th century including Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Ed Ruscha. Kass’s technique of appropriation is a critical commentary on the intersection of social power relations, identity politics, and the historically dominant position of male artists in the art world.
“I use history as a readymade. I use the language of painting to talk about value and meaning. How has art history constructed power and meaning? How has it reflected the culture at large? How does art and the history of art describe power?"
— Deborah Kass
Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, The Cincinnati Museum, The New Orleans Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Fogg/ Harvard Museum, as well as other museums and private collections. Her monumental sculpture OY/YO in Brooklyn Bridge Park become an instant icon, and is now installed in front of the Brooklyn Museum. Kass has been a Senior Critic in the Yale University M.F.A.Painting Program.
Information courtesy of Kavi Gupta gallery
Photo courtesy of derrickadams.com
Based in New York, Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. Adam’s diverse practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. Much of Adams’ work explore topics of Black identity, often referring to patterns, images, and themes of Black culture in America.
“I realized once you enter the circuit of the professional space, people look to you to keep making that thing, if that thing was well received. But if you make a bunch of different things, you can have way more reach. If I’m making video, sculpture, and collage, I can have different shows based on this output while still keeping the concepts intact...”
— Derrick Adams interview with Juxtapoz
His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York ’05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn ’04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA ’05, ’13, ’15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Information courtesy of derrickadams.com
Photo courtesy of robpruitt.com
Rob Pruitt is an American post-conceptual artist. His mediums include painting, installation, and sculpture among others. Born 1964 in Washington, DC, Pruitt studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and Parsons School of Design in New York.
“The opportunity for people to live with something that compels them, something that starts big conversations about life’s more difficult questions is a great opportunity,”
— Rob Pruitt Interview with Dezeen
Pruitt’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a recent exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (curated by Daniel Baumann) in 2018; at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT (2015), a 2013 mid-career retrospective at the Aspen Art Museum, solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2015), Freiburg Kunstverein (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon (2002); and group shows such as “Empire State” at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2012), “Pop Life” at Tate Modern (2009), and “Mapping the Studio” at Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2009). In 2009, he debuted the “Rob Pruitt’s Art Awards,” at the Guggenheim Museum, an award show for the art world fashioned after the Oscars. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Public Art Fund to install “The Andy Monument,” a highly polished chrome sculpture of Andy Warhol (replete with shopping bags) in New York’s Union Square near the site of Warhol’s Factory.
Information courtesy of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
In support of the arts, HOTSOX made a donation to Art Production Fund, integrating art into everyday life.
Art Production Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.