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Magazine

13 April 2012
The Family Fang

Martí Manen

The crossing of paths between contemporary art and literature: a crossover, that seen from the art world it seems that having a handle on two names (Vila-Matas and Houellebecq) one is already well situated, something fairly similar happens with literature (with an idea of the romantic artist, and honing it fine in extreme cases, with Land Art, we’re more than on the right track).

But other things appear at this crossroads. One of them is “The Family Fang” by Kevin Wilson. A family of contemporary artists. Or, to be more precise, an artistic couple with two children, who are obliged to play a key role in their artistic projects.

Art projects, that would function fantastically in the art world. If they were for real. Projects that question society, capitalism and current affairs, from the inside. Projects, that occupy commercial malls, to make art that affects consumers, obliging them to think about, and question, the world. Reading the book one can visualise the works of the Fang in serious exhibitions, historic revisions of the eighties (that are already here). They work. And that’s the best part: it could all be for real.

Kevin Wilson, as well as presenting the works of the Fang, follows the evolution of the siblings into adulthood, children who were marked for life by the art of their parents. Being the child of a performer, and that your parents consider you to be part of their work, can have the result that between art and love, between life and the construction of it, it can be hard to know where the frontiers lie.

Exhibition curator and art critic. Yes, after Judith Butler it is possible to be several things at once. He thinks that questions are important and that, sometimes, to ask means to point out.

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