POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Let it be known that I haven’t a clue what I bought. Describing HEAD OVER HEALS AFTER MARX AND ANGELS as cryptic or Haiku-like is a generous way of saying indecipherable, which is probably where this print lands. It looks like an arcane tattoo. Jen Bekman says Weiner wants the work to end up in bars.
Whatever Weiner’s intentions, the work isn’t about offering clarity so the idea that he’d send something like this out to a mass market is interesting in and of itself. My sense is that large numbers suit Weiner well, which may touch a few art world nerves. This is evidenced in New York Times critic Roberta Smith’s positive review of his 40-year retrospective at The Whitney “As Far As The Eye Can See”,
Containing nearly 120 works — not including a large wall of posters and several vitrines of multiples — this drastically overcrowded show comes close to reducing Mr. Weiner's work to a form of merchandise.
One could argue 20×200 does just this, but even if that’s the case I’m not sure why it would be a bad thing. It’s part of the work, and if he wants his art to reach as many people as possible — which I’m quite sure he does — 20×200 is a perfect match.
Full Disclosure: Jen Bekman is a friend.