|Wednesday 15 October 2014
London – The American artist LG Williams has just exhibited a new artwork in conjunction with Frieze Art Fair Co-Founder Matthew Slotover’s, “impassioned defense of millionaires flooding into London this week to buy artworks by established and rising stars of the contemporary art world.” (“Frieze: Co-founder defends ‘Ikea For Millionaires,” by Nick Clark, The Independent, October 12, 2014)
The artwork portrays the artist, who was included in the 2011 Venice Biennial Internet Pavilion, “signing,” or manually communicating, the gesture of “thanks” or “thank you” in American Sign Language. The artist is depicted with his left hand near his lips, and gesturing it forward towards the 13.8 million millionaires across the world.
Imagine Williams blowing a kiss to all the millionaires across the globe, and you have an accurate grasp of the image.
“There are more millionaires in the world right now than ever before. The United States has the most millionaires of any country in the world, and California has the most millionaires of any state in the nation,” said Williams, who regularly can be found at Paradise Cove, just off The Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, shirtless, barefoot, wearing purple-tinted spectacles, a green LG baseball cap and orange Birdwell shorts.
“After reading the Independent’s article featuring Slotover’s heart-felt plea for the international art community to be grateful to all the art-buying millionaires, I instantly had the beautiful idea to make this artwork,” Williams said. “Really, I can’t think of another established artist in California, or anywhere in the world, more in debt to millionaires for their livelihood (in David Graeber’s full sense of the phrase) than me. Therefore, I should be the first American artist in the international art world to stand up and say to every millionaire in the world: “Thank You!”
“This is my gift, my gratitude to you—all the art-collecting millionaires in the world!” Mr. Williams said.
The eponymous artwork, appropriately entitled “Thank you!” will most certainly become a major art crowd-pleaser, and a permanent fixture of the international art fair circuit in the foreseeable future.
It is worth noting that during his prolonged emerging career, Williams has extended many thanks to his audience, colleagues, patrons, benefactors and sheer luck. Among his earlier expressions of gratitude are: Thank You For Coming! (1997), Thank God I’m Not In New York! (2002), Thank God!… (2002, 2010, 2013 and 2014), Calling All Aliens (2009), To My Benefactors and Supporters (2011), and, most recently, Thank You In Advance (2014).
MacArthur Award winning art critic, Dave Hickey, the so-called “pirate of contemporary art criticism,” applauded the new artwork as “really fuckin brilliant!” He continued, “Williams’ artwork strangely and simultaneously evokes all the beauty, sublimity and generosity expressed in Frieze co-director’s recent interview. This is epic visual art free of any jargon.”
“Ya know what I’m saying?”—Hickey concluded. “Hand it to Williams, this gesture will become the iconic image of the Art-Fair Age, the must-have object that will unite in solidarity every millionaire’s art collection with every other millionaire’s art collection in the world”.
The artwork can be viewed and purchased on the artist’s website: www.lgwilliams.com
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LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams, Thank You! (Center), Frieze London Installation, October 15–18, 2014
LG Williams at the Frieze London 2014 Art Fair
Thank God! or The Dog Is Taking Things Hardest…Crying Every Night, 2014
40 x 60″, Vinyl and Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting on Heavy-Duty Aluminum
Photo: Linda Graham/NYTimes.com
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LG Williams is pleased to announce that his artwork “I CAN SEE THE WHOLE ROOM!… AND THERE IS NO ART IN IT!” appeared in Donald Preziosi’s new book, Art, Religion, Amnesia: The Enchantments of Credulity, just published by Routledge. The book addresses the relationship between art and religion in contemporary culture, directly challenging contemporary notions of art and religion as distinct social phenomena and explaining how such Western terms represent alternative and even antithetical modes of world-making. Art, Religion, Amnesia is a unique re-evaluation of the essential indeterminacy of meaning-making, marking a radically new approach to understanding the inextricability of aesthetics and theology and will be of interest to students and researchers in art history, philosophy and religion and cultural theory.
Donald Preziosi is 2002 Slate Professor of Art at Oxford University, and Professor Emeritus of Art History at UCLA, where he developed the art history critical theory program as well as the UCLA museum studies program. His research, teaching, and writing link together cultural studies, intellectual history, critical theory, the arts, and museologies of various ancient and modern societies. His other recent publications include: The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford History of Art (Oxford University Press, 2009); Rethinking Art History: Meditations on a Coy, (Yale University Press, 1991); In the Aftermath of Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (with Johanne Lamoureux), in Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture, (Routledge, 2005).
Professor Preziosi will be speaking at the book’s official launch during the 102nd College Art Association annual conference in Chicago on Friday, February 14 at 2:00pm.
The United States Subprime Mortgage Crisis was a series of events and conditions that led to a financial crisis and subsequent recession that began in 2008. It was characterized by a rise in subprime mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures. The crisis had severe, long-lasting consequences for the U.S. economy.
Between June 2007 and November 2008, Americans lost more than a quarter of their net worth. Nearly 9 million jobs were lost during 2008 and 2009, roughly 6% of the workforce. U.S. housing prices fell nearly 30%. Nevada was the worst-hit state in the country with one home foreclosure filing for every 23 households.
In September 2008, several major financial institutions collapsed. By early 2009, the U.S. stock market average fell approximately 50%.
The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Bailout Coloring Book will introduce to the children of America the unprecedented burden imposed on them, and generations to come.
The Subprime Mortgage Crisis Bailout Coloring Book
by LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams
2013, Paperback, 207 pages
PCP Press $29.95
Kulturpolis.Lt: New Shows at Klaipėdos Kultūrų Komunikacijų Centro (KCCC): Journey of the Self in The Contemporary Art World, October 13
Lithuanian Radio and Television: Interview with curator Julija Cistiakova about What Is Missing? at Klaipėdos Kultūrų Komunikacijų Centras, 15:00 – 19:00 min, October 19, 2013
ArtNews.lt, Meno Naujienos / Renginiai, Parodai apie informacijos sklaidą įkvėpė klausimas, užduotas internetui, October 11
Group show includes: Maurizio Cattelan, Seth Price, Hans Op De Beeck, Christian Jankowski, Dora Garcia, LG Williams and others…
LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams appears courtesy of Super Window Project, Kyoto, Japan. In addition, LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams would like to extend its gratitude to The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust for their continued support.