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Alfredo Jaar

Introduction to a Distant World by Alfredo Jaar ©
A video still from the exhibition The Crude and the Rare at The Cooper Union, October 19 to November 20, 2010. The Crude and the Rare is a group exhibition that ‘investigates the artistic use and political economy of precious substances such as gold, diamonds, oil, and other natural resources. In their raw and unrefined state these substances evoke curiosity and desire through their sheer surface, color, density, and luminosity. Once harvested and transformed, materials previously seen as natural acquire both symbolic and exchange value.’ More about Alfredo Jaar’s work here and here.

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