Bob and Roberta Smith is putting out a call for your bad art. And he wants you to stop making it, immediately. Beginning October 26 and running through March 8 at MoMA PS1 Bob and Roberta will give New York City artists a chance to throw in the towel. The artist is greatly expanding his Art Amnesty project, originally shown at Pierogi Gallery in 2002.
Maybe you never mastered oil. Maybe you can’t stretch a canvas to save your life. Maybe your dealer ditched you because no one cares about investigating color and texture anymore, and your work was derivative to begin with. Here’s your chance to throw away the art cluttering your living room-cum-studio in dumpsters provided by the museum and located in their courtyard. There will even be a chance to show your work one last time to the public on the 2nd Floor Main Galleries.
“Many successful artists have recently voiced embarrassment that their work commands high prices,” he said in a statement. “Artists may also use the opportunity of the Art Amnesty to expel certain works of art from the art market and demote them to objects unburdened by grand expectations and dashed dreams.”
Bob and Roberta will also have a pledge for participants to sign who wish to go the extra step—sorry Baldessari, “no more boring art” is just not going to cut it. The pledge reads: “I PROMISE NEVER TO MAKE ART AGAIN.” But, if you’re not ready, and that’s understandable, an alternative pledge is available that states: “I NEVER WANT TO SEE THIS WORK OF ART AGAIN.” If you do sign the big one you’ll get a badge to wear that reads: “I AM NO LONGER AN ARTIST,” and you can make a final work of art that will be shown in the Art Amnesty gallery.
He’ll also be joining in the purging festivities, destroying work from an old New York show. Though it’s unlikely that this will be the end of Bob and Roberta Smith, artist.