By Cate McQuaid Globe Correspondent / March 17, 2010. Boston Globe.
Performance videos consider the artist as commodity
|Andrea Fraser raised a ruckus with her 2003 video “Untitled.’’ In the silent one-hour piece, Fraser has sex with a collector who paid her close to $20,000 to participate in making a work of art. Is this art, critics asked, or prostitution?
That’s a question Fraser herself has posed about contemporary art throughout her career. Fraser is a pioneer artist of institutional critique; she deconstructs art world tropes. Several of her performance videos, many of which she stars in, are on view in a continuing loop at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. “Untitled’’ is not among them. But watching these, you can glean how Fraser landed in bed with a collector