Art Papers reviews Keep It Slick

The Yes Men

John Massier
Art Papers
July/Aug. 2009
p. 60


Curated by Astria Suparak, Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men is a timely acknowledgment of the work of Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, two of the great social satirists of our time.

It seems strangely anathema to even exhibit the work of such artists/provocateurs as The Yes Men in a gallery setting. In start contrast to artists who present discreet issue-based work in the modest environment of a contemporary art gallery – for its modest audience – The Yes Men ply their trade and make their points across the entire terrain of consumer culture. For the past several years, they have – as the exhibition’s title suggests – infiltrated that culture repeatedly in a seriocomic gesture of speaking truth to corporate power…

The exhibition’s pointed installation hits it just right. Rather than mold The Yes Men’s activist artwork into a discreet, restrained presentation, Suparak gets into its spirit—both its serious underbelly and its consciously foppish exterior

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