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Hans Haacke
Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971
1971
Nine photostats, one hundred and forty-two gelatin silver prints, and one hundred and forty-two photocopies
Edition of 2/2
Dimesions variable


Whitney Museum of American Art

Excerpt from Whitney Museum of American Art, New York:

Hans Haacke
Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971, 1971

A landmark work of institutional critique, Hans Haacke’s Shapolsky et al Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, A Real Time Social System as of May 1, 1971 chronicles the fraudulent activities of one of New York City’s largest slumlords over the course of two decades. The work comprises 146 photographs of Manhattan apartment buildings, mostly tenements maps of Harlem and the Lower East Side photographs and charts documenting real estate transactions and texts with information about the location, ownership structure, and financial histories of the buildings. Haacke culled all of his data from the public record, adapting a neutral presentational style that resembles various contemporaneous projects in Conceptual art. Shapolsky et al. was to be part of the artist’s solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in the spring of 1971, but the show was cancelled six weeks before its scheduled opening for fear that this work, and one other to be included in the show, might result in legal action.

Object Label: Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchased jointly by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York with funds from the Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, and the Fundació Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona
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Hans Haacke, German, (1936- )
b. August 12, 1936, Cologne


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