Print & Ephemera
Hans Haacke: Unfinished Business
Hans Haacke: Unfinished Business. 1986; 304 pages; paperback; 209 b/w illustrations. The first major survey of Haacke’s work seen in this country, this exhibition featured twelve large-scale installation pieces, including one made especially for The New Museum. Essays by Rosalyn Deutsche, Hans Haacke, Fredric Jameson, Leo Steinberg, curator Brian Wallis document and explore the relations of Haacke’s politically-charged work to issues of Postmodernism, corporate support, arts administration and curatorial responsibility. “Artists, as much as galleries, museums and journalists (not excluding art historians), hesitate to discuss the industrial aspect of their activities. An unequivocal acknowledgment might endanger the cherished romantic ideas with which most art world participants enter the field, and which still sustain them emotionally today…Those who in fact plan and execute industrial strategies tend, whether by inclination or need, to mistify art and conceal its industrial aspects and often fall for their own propaganda.” -Hans Haacke, “Museums, Managers of Consciousness,” p.60. Forward by Marcia Tucker. Edited by Brian Wallis. Exhibition Catalogue.