If you haven’t seen the show because you’re afraid it’s all nose--thumbing vandalism, you might be in for a surprise. “Damage Control” is at its best when it demonstrates, sometimes beautifully, that some things ---- especially old ways of looking at art ---- are worth demolishing.
By Michael O’Sullivan Friday, October 25, 2013
Those with appetite for artistic destruction will want to head to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where the thematic survey “Damage Control” has just opened. Featuring 90 works by more than 40 contemporary artists, the show explores a theme that might sound oxymoronic: creative destruction.
It includes not only straightforward images of ruin (e.g., Shomei Tomatsu’s photos of the aftermath of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic blasts), but also work that uses annihilation as its primary means of creation (e.g., John Baldessari’s “Cremation Project,” in which the artist baked cookies using the burnt ashes of several torched paintings).
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will host a free daylong symposium on the theme, featuring Yoko Ono, Ori Gersht and other artists whose work has utilized destruction.
You have chosen to submit a user review for possible removal by our editorial staff due to its offensive or inappropriate nature. Please confirm that you would like the review submitted for evaluation. If our editors find that the review does not fall within our user review guidelines, then it will be removed promptly.
The user review that you selected has been submitted for evaluation by our editors. It usually takes us about 5-7 days to evaluate a review.