‘duh?’ looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship to the politics and performance of identity. High culture is meant to keep its audience from being stupid, but artists have repeatedly drawn upon stupidity, or playing stupid, as a form of dissidence, irreverence or as a means to cast off received thinking.
To work from a position of stupidity would appear to be a good way to counter knowingness and intellectual superiority, but how can artists adopt stupidity as a strategy without turning it into cleverness? Even if you don’t play stupid, how do you make art about stupidity without declaring yourself to be smart? If there are forms of intellectualism that, through being inflexible and unresponsive, appear stupid, then what exactly is stupidity anyway?
Developed from Paul Clinton’s research into stupidity, art and identity.
This exhibition does contain content which may be unsuitable for children.
Tariq Alvi, BANK, Michael Bracewell, Archie & Edith Bunker, Werner Büttner & Albert Oehlen, Bonnie Camplin, Cecelia Condit, The Cockettes, Claude Faraldo, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Isa Genzken, Gaylen Gerber, Judith Hopf, Larry Johnson, Erik van Lieshout, Kalup linzy, Clunie Reid, Kim Schoen, Lily van der Stokker, Annika Ström, Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Tomi Ungerer, Andy Warhol