Taryn Simon, Agreement to Develop Park Hyatt St. Kitts under the St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 16, 2012, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015, framed text and archival inkjet prints, 85 × 73 5/16 × 2 13/16 inches (215.9 × 186.1 × 7 cm) © Taryn Simon.

"State of the World" at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada.

On view March 16 through November 19, 2017.

Every year since 1981, a report titled L’état du monde has been published summarizing the economic and geopolitical state of the world. This year, the topical themes it delves into include the end of communism, globalization, and the digital revolution. In a fast-changing international landscape, continually shaped by economic power relationships and geopolitical issues that entail new challenges, the question of power seems more opaque than ever. Who is governing now? That is a complex question addressed in 2017 in the report cited, and one which is regularly tackled by artists producing works that are receptive to the world in which they operate. If art as a barometer of a society is a well-established trope, it is because artists’s interest in creating images that reflect the state of the world has been a recurring reality throughout the history of art. Relevant works by artists who favour this approach have been acquired by the collection of the Musée d’art contemporain. In the first part of the exhibition, the pieces by Taryn Simon, Jean Arp, Robert Longo, and Claude-Philippe Benoit ponder, each in their own way, the state of the world, its institutions, the economy and citizenship.


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