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Hans Haacke Untitled ("If Elections Were Held Today"), 1973

Hans Haacke

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Description

Hans Haacke (American/German, b. 1936)

Untitled (from New York Collection for Stockholm), 1973

Screenprint in portfolio sleeve of Crane's bond paper No.

12 x 9 in. (30.48 x 22.86 cm.)

Stamped; With text verso "Copyright 1973 by Hans Haacke, Printed at Styria Studio" and numbered in pencil; with artist's name printed on folder

Edition: 64/300

Experiments in Art and Technology, publisher

This is Hans Haacke's conceptual art piece from the legendary New York Collection for Stockholm Portfolio, issued in 1973 to commemorate the collection of paintings and sculpture by top New York artists of the 1960s, assembled by Hulten and Kluver for the Moderna Museet Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. 

In 2014, Hans Haacke had his first solo show in six years at the Paula Cooper Gallery, and was featured in Artnet News as one of the 50 most influential artists, with major museums worldwide acquiring his works. However, a New York Times profile on the artist recounts how he wasn't always the darling of the establishment - especially in the early 1970s, when the screenprint offered here was created: "Mr. Haacke...has lived in New York for almost five decades, made his name in 1971, perhaps appropriately, with an exhibition that never opened and became, as a result, a legend. That year, the Guggenheim canceled a show after learning that one of Mr. Haacke’s works would be a photographic exposé of New York City slumlords. Thomas Messer, the museum’s director, criticized the work as pursuing “aims that lie beyond art” and went so far as to describe it as “an alien substance that had entered the art museum organism...Mr. Haacke now finds himself in the unusual position of being embraced by at least one system — museums — that long treated him as a pariah." 

In this silkscreen, the text is made to look typed: "If elections were held today, for which candidate would you vote? / Mc Govern 634 (74.4%)/Nixon 55 (6.4%)/None 102 (12.0%)/Dont know 44 (5.1%)/ No answer 13 (1.5%)/This is the response of 848 visitors to the John Weber Gallery/from October 7 to 24, 1972. They have completed a questionnaire/of 20 questions with which they participated in 420 WEST BROADWAY/ VISITOR'S PROFILE, a survey conducted by Hans Haacke./ 602 (70.9%) of the 848 visitors indicated having a professional/ interest in art (e.g. artist, dealer, critic, etc.)." 

In this deceptively simple but effective work, Haacke has used a straightforward poll to make explicit the liberal bias in the 1970s of most people who work in the arts and many who patronize art galleries - though likely the stats will be different today. 

The roster of artists included in the New York Collection for Stockholm portfolio, of which this is a part, is a veritable Who's Who of the New York art world during one of its most influential decades: Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Jim Dine, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Red Grooms, Hans Haacke, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and others. 

This original work of art rarely seen at public auction because so many of the individual artists' prints from the portfolio, as well as the complete portfolios, are in major museum and public collections around the world such as the MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Museum, Moderna Museet, and Walker Art Center, to name only a few. 

It is also especially rare to find this print in the original portfolio sleeve, with the E.A.T. colophon page as this is because they are almost always separated. (E.A.T. is "Experiments in Art and Technology," founded by Robert Rauschenberg). 

Excellent condition; never framed.

 

Measurements

Height:   12.00
Width:   9.00