CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
April 23 - August 9, 2008

Curator: Ralph Rugoff

Against the background of an increasingly professionalized art world, Amateurs was the first major exhibition to survey recent artworks in which amateurism is embraced as a critical aesthetic strategy and a mode of production. Favored by conceptual artists and earlier by modernist vanguards, an aesthetic of amateurism has long served as a means for deflating models of academic and market-driven art. The artists in this exhibition elaborated on this tradition, embracing amateurism as a means for questioning basic assumptions about authorship, expertise, the relationship between artist and audience, and the contingency of cultural values.

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