Ethan Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition RED ATTACK, which explores the artistic vision of today's global political climate through the ideological lenses of the Cold War: Consumerism and Collectivism. Artists include Ai Weiwei, Mina Cheon, Alexandar Kosolapov, Wang Guangyi, Andy Warhol, and others.
When both sides woke up from the Cold War, artists realized that, despite apparent differences, Communism and Consumerism shared crucial similarities. In the West, Pop Art iconized consumerism. In the Soviet system, the masses were fed political icons in place of consumer goods. Both the political icons and consumer goods acted as a kind of subliminal wall-paper, ubiquitous, strident, tendentious and often luridly naive. In both, faux-egalitarianism flattered the viewer with the message that he or she belonged to a collective identity as embodied in the icon. Andy Warhol loved Coke because Kings and Queens could enjoy it as much as the pauper. In both commercial and political Pop, artificial populism pretending to arise from the masses themselves in fact came from propagandists on Madison Avenue and in the Kremlin. Each side created populist icons to evangelize citizens for their own system to function. That aesthetic myth-making is examined in RED ATTACK at Ethan Cohen Gallery through the work of 22 artists - Russian, Chinese, Korean and American - who illustrate the disparate yet shared themes of Pop Art around the world.
Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Ethan Cohen Gallery 251 W 19th st New York, NY 10011