David Robbins' "Talent"
The title "Talent" likens the resurgent 1980s New York art market to Hollywood, in which so-called creatives are merchandised for maximum profit. Robbins' installation evokes those of restaurants, dry cleaners, and (fortuitously, weirdly) the Big Brother wall, where eliminated contestants' portraits fade to black-and-white. Some day, will be all of these names and faces be out of the running?
Robbins issued Talent in the large edition of 100. The UCLA Hammer Museum has one, a gift of artist Robert Gober. It's now on view in the Hammer's "Celebration of Our Enemies: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection."
|Talent contact sheet for Cindy Sherman|
Left to right, top to bottom, the artists of Talent are: Alan Belcher, Jenny Holzer, Michael Byron, Larry Johnson, Cindy Sherman, Allan McCollum; Joel Otterson, Clegg & Guttmann, Steven Parrino, Thomas Lawson, Jeff Koons, Gretchen Bender; Robert Longo, Robin Weglinski, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Nagy, Jennifer Bolande, David Robbins.
Below, a contact sheet of Jeff Koons, who ended up epitomizing what Talent is about.
|Talent contact sheet for Jeff Koons|