No Longer Art: Salvage Art Institute
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Salvage art—a term borrowed from the art insurance lexicon—refers to work removed from art circulation due to accidental damage. Founded by artist Elka Krajewska, the Salvage Art Institute provides a refuge for salvaged artwork while offering a platform for confronting the regulation of its financial, aesthetic and social value.
At the core of the exhibition is the first salvage art inventory gifted to the institute—a group of objects related through their total loss status. Developed by Krajewska and Wasiuta with the participation of AXA Art Insurance Corporation No Longer Art and its salvage pieces are subject to a peculiar and transformative, actuarial logic. Once total loss has been declared and indemnification has been paid, salvage art is considered officially devoid of value. Its objects are cast into art’s nether world, no longer alive for the market, gallery or museum system, but often still relatively intact. Salvage art is liberated from the burden of constant valuation and the obligation of exchange, yet is abandoned to the invisibility of perpetual storage. The exhibition highlights the survival of salvage art even past its total devaluation, and exposes a fragile contingency at the heart of art’s identity.
About Elka Krajewska
Born in Warsaw and based in New York City, Elka Krajewska is the president and founder of Salvage Art Institute. She is an artist who works with film, sculpture, music and mixed media. Often based on collaboration Krajewska’s work utilizes elements of her biography as well as contemporary, interdisciplinary and art historical strategies.
About Mark Wasiuta
Mark Wasiuta is a curator, writer and architect who teaches at GSAPP Columbia University where he is Co-Director of the degree program Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture. Over the last decade he has developed a body of research and archival exhibitions that focus on under-examined projects and practices of the postwar period. Through the multi-year research venture Collecting Architecture Territories, and through collaborative projects such as No Longer Art, his work also examines critical intersections between art and architecture.
Conceived by Elka Krajewska and Mark Wasiuta and produced by GSAPP exhibitions (Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation), the exhibition No Longer Art: Salvage Art Institute was on show at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery in New York in Protected content at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago in Protected content . Now travelling to BNKR in Munich, it is part of Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.—a program developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm derived from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island. The book confronts the impossibility of fully grasping the present and the resulting inability to write a conclusive ‘Great Report’ on contemporary society. Following these thoughts, artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists have been invited to discuss their interpretations of time through different formats.
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