Art in Ruins
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History and practice
Art in Ruins, based in Bloomsbury, London, uses 1960s conceptual art strategies utilized by Art & Language and Gilbert and George. Works include Trust Us (1997) and We Like You (1995). Their reaction to current art is "iconoclastic" with "a sort of supersensitivity to the politics of art." They curated the exhibition Our Wonderful Culture (St George's Crypt, Bloomsbury 1995) and collaborated with Stewart Home, Ed Baxter, and others on Ruins of Glamour, Glamour of Ruins (Chisenhale Gallery 1986) and Desire in Ruins (Transmission Gallery, Glasgow 1987). 
Since the early 1990s, Art in Ruins have been satirising self-expression and focusing on art's economic basis. Like General Idea and Group Material, Art in Ruins may be a group "but they are first and foremost a demolition squad whose target is the last vestiges of value........more than a name" Art in Ruins "is a whole programme."
Their work has been exhibited in major cities throughout Europe. They have been Visiting Professors at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1991, Art in Ruins were awarded the DAAD Künstlerprogramm Berlin Stipendium. An exhibition concerning Third World Debt and migration entitled Conceptual Debt was shown at the DAAD Galerie Berlin followed by the discursive event on art activism "trap" with Stephan Geene and Büro Bert at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin in 1993.
Art in Ruins has been in limbo since 2001. This "silence" is the subject of an artist's project and it has also been the subject of two editions of Wavelength arts programme on the community radio station Resonance FM. Their website is at Art in Ruins
Art in Ruins themselves have said: "it may be that it is our extremely visible failure to be indexed in the recent history of the dominant culture that is our greatest success."
Notes and references
- Glyn Banks and Hannah Vowles (1987). New Realism: From the museum of ruined intentions. London: Gimpel Fils. OCLC 19809582.
- Watson, Gray (1986). Art in Ruins. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts. ISBN 0-905263-06-5. OCLC 22669762.
- Alex Coles. Appearances are Against Us, Art and Text, Los Angeles, July 2000.
- Michael Corris. Artforum, New York, September 1991.
- Dave Beech. Art Monthly, London, July/August 1998.
- "Chisenhale Gallery Archive".
- "Festival of Plagiarism".
- "Ruins of Glamour/Glamour of Ruins".
- "London Art Tripping: A Psychogeographical Excursion".
- Jonathan Jones. The Guardian, London, 15 December 1999.
- Frank Perrin. European Guerillas. Kanal No 2, April/May 1992
- "Radikale Bilder".
- Irit Rogoff (2000). Terra Infirma: Geography's Visual Culture. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-09616-2. pp 56-60.
- Matthias Michalka, ed. (2015). to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer: Artistic Practices around 1990. Cologne: Walter Konig. ISBN 9783-86335-813-6.
- "Former West Research Seminar: Art and the Social - Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in the 1990s".
- Weinmayr, Eva (2010). "I was wondering what the silence was about". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- Weinmayr, Eva (2010). "(pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Destruction in Art part 8".
- "Ed Baxter on Art in Ruins".
- Art in Ruins and Unknown Stranger (1994). "Trust Us. An Unpublished Project for Frieze". Occasional Papers, London.
- David Thorp (1989). Vampire Value. London: The Showroom.
- Art in Ruins (1991). New Work. London: Gimpel Fils. OCLC 78371071.
- Blandine Chavannes (1990). Resistances: Absalon, Art in Ruins, Véronique Joumard, Serge Kliaving : Poitiers, Musée Sainte-Croix, 16 Mars-15 mai 1990. Poitiers: Musée Sainte Croix. ISBN 2-903015-10-4. OCLC 81658785.
- Art in Ruins (1991). "The Seduction of Resistant Virgins: Art in Ruins on Art & Language / Art & Language Reply". frieze. London (Pilot Issue 0). Article commissioned by Matthew Slotover
- Mirjam Weston (1992). Conceptual Debt. Arnhem: Gemeentemuseum Arnhem. ISBN 90-72861-12-4.
- Art in Ruins (1994). "Appearances are Against Us". Camera Austria. Graz, Austria: Manfred Willman (47/48). ISSN 1015-1915.
- Nic Clear, ed. (September 2009). "Recent History". Architectural Design. London: Wiley & Son (Architectures of the Near Future): 92–95. ISBN 978-0-470-69955-3.
- Art in Ruins (January 2010). "The Triumph of Culture". RIBA Journal. London: Atom Publishing: 36–39. ISSN 1463-9505. 
- Art in Ruins (March 2011). Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker (eds.). "The Triumph of Culture". CTheory.net. Victoria, Canada: University of Victoria.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
- Boris Gorelik (2013). Incredible Tretchikoff: Life of an Artist and Adventurer. New York: Art/Books. p. 268. ISBN 9781908970084.
- Antony Hudek, ed. (2014). The Object. Massachusetts, USA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262525763.