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A facade of a 99 cent store made out of foam and paper

99 Cents or Less is also a reflection on the realities of a city that once was one of the country’s wealthiest, and a global industrial powerhouse. By using materials from 99 cent stores, with often obscure and questionable manufacturing chains, 99 Cents or Less hopes to make the connection between past, present, and future centers of production and points to a way that artists can address the manners in which mass production has changed and will continue to change and evolve. The exhibition follows Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the readymade, an industrially produced consumer item that is manipulated via an intervention by the artist. More over 99 Cents or Less understands itself as an extension of the Italian art movement Arte Povera within the globalized field of 21st century high end art manufacturing. Arte Povera critiqued the corporate mentality and the slick styles of art made in the 1950s and 60s with an art made of inexpensive and unconventional materials.  

99 Cents or Less will present the work of: 

Kelly Akashi, Kathryn Andrews, Uri Aran, Julieta Aranda, Edgar Arceneaux, Corrie Baldauf, John Baldessari, Heidi Barlow, Michael Bell-Smith, Brian Belott, Frank Benson, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrea Bowers, Chris Bradley, Jon Brumit, Dora Budor, Nicholas Buffon, A.K. Burns, Jedediah Caesar, Juan Capistran, James Collins, Matt Connors, Bjorn Copeland, Sarah Crowner, Sara Cwynar, N. Dash, Nathaniel de Large, Michael DeLucia, Jim Drain, Josh Faught, Harrell Fletcher, Liam Gillick, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Michelle Grabner, Nicolas Guagnini, Henry Gunderson, Mark Handforth, Lena Henke, Marie Hermann, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ben Hall, Channing Hansen, Scott Hocking, Jonathan Horowitz, Alex Israel, Alfredo Jaar, Colter Jacobsen, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Matt Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Sarah Kabot, Shaina Kasztelan, Osman Khan, Thomas Kovachevich, Andrew Kuo, Agnieszka Kurant, Jason Lazarus, Pamela Lins, Mateo Lopez, Bonnie Lucas, Shana Lutker, Jill Magid, Anthony Marcellini, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Josiah McElheny, Adam McEwen, Heather McGill, Jason Meadows, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Meyohas, Jason Middlebrook, Carter Mull, Matt Mullican, Ruben Ochoa, Arthur Ou, Virginia Overton, Hamilton Poe, Walter Price, Rob Pruitt, Puppies Puppies, Jonathan Rajewski, Chadwick Rantanen, Sean Raspet, Hans Dieter Rieder, John Riepenhoff, Will Rogan, Matthew Ronay, Aura Rosenberg, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Michael Scoggins, Robert Sestok, Arlene Shechet, Amy Sillman, Casey Silverstein, Laurie Simmons, Michael B. Smith, Philip Smith, Agathe Snow, Valeska Soares, Haim Steinbach, Jessica Stockholder, Ricky Swallow, Cheyney Thompson, Clarissa Tossin, J Parker Valentine, Jamian Juliano Villani, Michael Wang, Garth Weiser, Eric Wesley, Jeff Williams, Viola Yeşiltaç, and Mario Ybarra Jr. 

This exhibition will be accompanied by a publication and a series of public programs that will explore subjects like consumerism, trade, labor, new materialism, acceleration, poverty, and prosperity as well as art as commodity.

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