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Dread Scott

Links to articles, interviews and videos about Dread Scott. This lists a range of articles, reviews etc. For more interviews, see the interviews page.

Artforum, review of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 2012

Art in America, review of It’s the Political Economy, Stupid at the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, 2012

Art:21 blog, 5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

Hyperallergic, Dread Scott Is Bringing the Wars Home, Interview about Flags are Very Popular These Days

This work does focus on a very sharp divide in this society and depicts people this system has written off. And it is unusual for a public project in that it doesn’t depict them in an idealized way—book in hand, reaching for the stars, or becoming a doctor or lawyer. The piece is quite beautiful, but it should make viewers a bit uncomfortable.
Dread Scott interview, BOMB Magazine Blog,
Interviewed by Nick Stillman, 2009

Revolutionary Worker (now Revolution Newspaper). Interviewed by Michael Slate 1999. Good long interview while Jasper the Ghost was on view

Scott said he wanted the art to provoke thought about the American Dream as well. “There are all these people that are promised ‘look, you can do anything; if you work hard, you can succeed’ – but for millions of kids, all society can offer is a life of crime.”
St. John Barned-Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer

Experiencing the piece made me stop and spend time listening to a group that normally feels neglected and ignored. The only other reason these students might be in this neighborhood is to appear before the court – as accused or as victims. They are the future of Philadelphia and they deserve to be heard. The message may be obvious, but it’s worth repeating.

Andrea Kirsh, TheArtBlog

When an artist decides to confront complex social issues and express them publicly using a visual platform, we can’t help but be pushed out of our comfort zones and face the troubling aspects of our society, which we inadvertently shelve away from our lives.
Baldev Duggal, Digital Photo Pro

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