LOVE, LOSS, AND DRAGGING ART 》Núria Gómez Gabriel on Félix González-Torres at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) publicado por la TEXTE ZUR KUNST

ISSUE NO. 123 SEPTEMBER 2021 "ENVY“

 

This September issue of Texte zur Kunst examines envy as the operating system of an art world based largely on networking, competition, and interdependencies. Envy, as understood here, develops when individuals orient and compare themselves to others. One could characterize the art world as a prototype for a competition-driven, envy-generating society; achievement in art is difficult to measure and counts less than success. Issue #123 takes a closer look at the productive as well as destructive potentials of envy in the field of art and examines the extent to which the diagnosis of envy plays into the competitive nature of work and life today. The specific social effects of contemporary forms of online communication are discussed here, as well as the political economy of envy with particular regard to art.