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'Group Show' by Joshua Abelow at Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles

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Do Beavis and Butthead foreshadow the existence of Donald Trump the way, say, Ubu Roi prefigures the existence of Philip Guston’s Nixon? Or maybe they are all one and the same thing, variations on a theme, (slightly) different incarnations of the same monster? I remember being seized by a stark existential dread when first encountering Beavis and Butthead on MTV. It had less to do with the thought, “So it has come to this,” than with the bewildering lack of surprise occasioned by their advent in the world. They seemed somehow inevitable, of the order of fate, a curse–ancient, Greek, and yet, inscrutable, like an abstraction. The inverse of hubris, they effortlessly sought to remind me of my basest instincts, my meanest, most un-celebratable self.

Every time I tune into the pettiness of Donald Trump, his colossal self-centeredness, I am reminded of not what a monster, but actually how human he is. Or if not human, then Id-like. Indeed, one could say that he is pure injured Id, ungoverned by any real coherent ego, and wholly ignorant of the remotest notion of super-ego. Not that a Freudian equation would necessarily remedy or justify his existence in the world, but, as much as I hate to admit it, he is definitely in me. Or I in him. And in all of us. Hence his timelessness. His parodic atemporality. For he is a parody. “Always already” a parody, this man, this spiritually squalid and abject crime of a human being, is always waiting to remind us that he is standing much closer to us than many of us are willing to admit. In fact, he is right there.

So is Beavis. And Butthead. 

— Chris Sharp

21.9.19 — 12.11.19

Real Pain Fine Arts

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Kubilay Mert Ural at Money Gallery, Saint-Petersburg

'Hard Counter Club', Group Show at Zape, Alboraya

'Discounts' by Egon Van Herreweghe at CONVENT, Ghent

'Never Early but Always On Time', Group Show at Apartment 13, Providence

'Daybreak' by Elisa Barrera at Lucas Hirsch, Dusseldorf

'Hat Box' by Julie Malen at Catbox Contemporary, New York

'19742 Ceremony' by Dishon Yuldash at Daipyat, Voronezh

'STILL MAGIC', Group Show at Redkie Iskusstva, Saint-Petersburg

'Methods for Regional Stewardship' by Will Bruno at Smart Objects, Los Angeles

'In Flames' by Inside Job at Lily Robert, Paris

'Spas Setun Dystopian Party Collection', Group Show at Spas Setun, Moscow

Money Gallery at BIENVENUE ART FAIR, Hotel La Lousiane, Paris

'Ok boomer', Group Show at Plague Space, Krasnodar

Greg Meza at ANDNOW/​WAREHOUSE, Dallas

'Von der schenkenden Tugend', Group Show at Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Cologne

Matthew Peers, Max Ruf at Lady Helen, Berlin

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