Andy Coolquitt

no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores

September 7 through October 27, 2012

Andy Coolquitt at Devin Borden Gallery September 2012


best of all i like art in the streets; it doesn’t demand that you make a specific journey to see it, it’s simply there. you don’t even have to look at it – that is probably the ideal art. Horkheimer said that he would prefer it if life were more intense and art less interesting – not that there were no art, just that art were less meaningful, and that’s what i like about public art. art that people have hanging around, that stands about in spaces with other people – that’s the kind of art i want to do.
franz west 1990

Andy Coolquitt (photo by Ben Aqua 2012)

The work of Austin-based Andy Coolquitt will be on view at Devin Borden Gallery from September 7 through October 27, 2012 in an exhibition entitled no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores

Coolquitt uses scavenged materials and urban detritus to compose architecturally-resonant gatherings of disparate elements, some made by random strangers.  As with his other recent large-scale works, deft use of Plexiglas sheets unifies and divides the gallery, augmenting and diminishing the authority of objects divorced from their original purpose. Absorbing this poetic stuff under the general rubric of somebodymade, Coolquitt declares his debt to and distances himself from the Duchampian concept of the readymade.

A survey of Andy Coolquitt’s work, organized by the Blaffer Art Museum, will open at the Austin Museum of Art September 29th (through December 30th) with an accompanying monograph by Rachel Hooper.  Link to the book here.

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