A pioneer of critical reflection on the art world and its institutions since the early mid-1980s, Andrea Fraser (American, born 1965) has produced an impressive body of work that encompasses performance, installation, and video, among other forms. Questioning the motivations of art organizations, their patrons, audiences, and artists themselves, Fraser asks herself “What do I, as an artist, provide? What do I satisfy?” and us what we want from art. Engaging issues of power, legitmacy, and the framing of cultural practices, her early works include a docent’s tour of a museum’s art collection and an official welcome speech delivered while disrobing before an audience. Fraser often assumes the role of protagonist, enacting different social positions to challenge how the figure or persona of the artist is constructed for and by a public, convention, market structures, and the artist herself. By both occupying and pushing back at these structures and conventions, her approach is at once provocative and humorous, informed by an earlier generation of artists’ engagement with feminism and institutional critique. The intelligence, clarity, and courage of such performances have ensured that Fraser’s oeuvre remains a touchstone for critically engaged art today.
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