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Anti-capitalist work of art proves “too political”

Work was ­removed from its site one day before Art Basel Miami Beach was due to open

“Capitalism Kills Love” is a pretty punchy statement, but Paris-based art duo Claire Fontaine (James Thornhill and Fulvia Carnevale) were nonetheless shocked to discover that their work had been ­removed from its site one day before Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) was due to open.

The sign, Capitalism Kills Love (Red, White, Blue), 2009, was intended to hang on the side of a building on the corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue as part of ABMB’s Art Projects, but the slogan proved a bit too political for one of the two owners of the building. According to Paola Guadagnino, co-director of the Naples gallery T293 (D25) which represents the artist duo, the disgruntled owner objected as soon as the sign had gone up.

“He was pretty shocked,” says Fulvia Carnevale. “He thought the meaning was too political for him. This can happen with people who are outside of the art world.” With help from Art Projects curator Patrick Charpenel, the sign was reinstalled on the side of another building on Meridian Avenue in under 24 hours.

But even in its new location, it seems the artistic statement was greeted with comments and criticisms. According to the artists, a passing Miami Beach policeman asked the art installers working on site what the sign said. When they told him, “Capitalism Kills Love”, Carnevale says the officer said they should “Go back to Europe”.

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17 Dec 09
18:52 CET

ROY TAMBOLI, MEMPHIS

Anyone know how much they are asking for this work?

17 Dec 09
18:52 CET

XXI, MEMPHIS

and Communism kills people

9 Dec 09
20:10 CET

CHAD EDWARD, CINCINNATI

I can't be the only one who finds irony in anti-capitalism art being displayed at an art fair, where ideally unfettered capitalism is supporting the arts.

9 Dec 09
19:18 CET

LZG, TORONTO

This is sad, but why pick Art Ba$el ?

7 Dec 09
15:45 CET

LIA, LOS ANGELES

This is an incredible piece of work. Its pathetic that people expect art to align with or somehow support the status quo, or conservatism at best. Its a missed opportunity for the viewing public. Remove 'art viewing' from your agenda if you don't want to be exposed anything outside your stagnant bubble of a world.

7 Dec 09
15:45 CET

BERNARD PLASSE, MARSEILLE

Maybe its better to have said "love kills capitalism"

4 Dec 09
23:18 CET

MICHAEL SCHLOSSBERG, ATLANTA

Let them go to North Korea and sell their garbage there. They actually have the nerve to call this art. Absurd !

4 Dec 09
22:32 CET

ALEX, STOCKHOLM

Untalented fame seeking crooks

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