THE PARADOXICAL ART TRICKSTERS: THE BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION SKEWERS (AND SEDUCES) THE ART WORLD
It’s a tick or two into an early November morning, and at a basement club in NoHo, members of the city’s most famous — and yet technically anonymous — art collective, the Bruce High Quality Foundation, are celebrating their latest lark.
That night, the group had opened a single show in two Manhattan galleries: “Meditations,” largely devoted to a potentially decades-long project to recreate some 17,000 antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Greek and Roman collection ... in modeling clay like Play-Doh. It is simultaneously a massive act of homage and mockery. The artists are meticulously studying and expertly remaking dozens of pieces: busts, breast plates, life-size lions. But still, it’s Play-Doh.