Art Historian Kavior Moon Explains ‘What Is Research-Based Art?’

“The aim was to show how what we consider ‘art’ is not timeless but in fact socially constructed, powerfully conditioned by the conventions and normalizing practices of art institutions.”
– Art historian Kavior Moon, discussing the institutional critique at the heart of Hans Haacke’s Shapolsky et al., a 1971 project documenting a NYC slumlord’s fraud. Full of rich analysis of artists including Maria Eichhorn, Walid Raad, and Hito Steyerl, Moon’s essay comprehensively answers the question ‘what is research-based art?’
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