Brought to you by the same kids who chased after the Robert Smithson floating island with a minature copy of Jean-Claude and Christo’s gates, this giant Pizzatopia provides a surface critique of commerce, public space, and art. Given that we’re looking at a cityscape on top of a pizza, it’s probably not too much of a stretch to interpret the sculpture as an intentional mocking of the commercial market through sheer awfulness. But whatever critical punch it had gets lost in the context of an art fair. Past being virtually indistinguishable from other earnestly conceived work, the group’s celebrating-the-fall-of-the-art-market seems a little disingenuous while it attempts to profit from a major spoke in its wheel. But in the face of a good joke, perhaps some of that is forgivable. After all, by the looks of it, Pizzatopia can be sold as a pie or by the slice. I’m still pretty sure it’s not a great piece, but at least it provides a little viewer entertainment.
Related: James Wagner on BHQF