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Ep. 32: On Brad Troemel, and Art & the Capitalist State

In this special episode of SPS, we discuss Joe Biden's inauguration and the relationship between Art and the capitalist state. Professional creative artists are facing unemployment at rates well above the national average. We take up the proposals for WPA-style intervention, a Ministry of Culture, and a White House Office for Culture. In the second half, we consider the artist Brad Troemel and his attempt to reinterpret “Liberal Cringe” into meme art.

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Alison Hewitt Ward, 2010, RIP Art Trump

Letter of resignation from the President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities (2017)…57062174724/photo/1

Chris Cutrone, 2010, What was postmodernism? -- Habermas’s critique
An incomplete project? Art and politics after postmodernism

Platypus Art & Politics syllabus

Brad Troemel, Patreon

Barbra Kruger’s Selfridges campaign in London with Behance,…-Co-Sale-campaign

Ryan Long, 2020, When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything

Jason Farago, "The Arts Are in Crisis. Here’s How Biden Can Help," New York Times…imulus-biden.html

Susan Buck-Morss, response to Visual culture questionnaire (1996)…ualcultquest.pdf

Efraim Carlebach, “Forgetting Mark Fisher” Platypus Review 115 (April 2019)…ing-mark-fisher/

Original tracks by Tamas Vilaghy
Hosted by Sophia and Pamela N.