Alma Enterprises is proud to present a solo show by artist Richard Grayson consisting of a newly commissioned site specific installation which occupies both of Alma Enterprises gallery spaces.
The show marks the launch of Almas new expanded gallery space and continues our interest in commissioning works that interrogate ideologies for systems of living. The Objectivist Studio is a work that uses texts from the writings of Ayn Rand (1905-1982) as its starting point. Rand was the author of the novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and the founder of Objectivism - a philosophy that holds that the purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or rational self-interest. She expressed these ideas in her fiction and in publications such as The Objectivist Newsletter, The Objectivist, and The Ayn Rand Letter, and her books Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology and The Virtue of Selfishness.
For Alma Enterprises Grayson has made The Objectiviest Studio', hypothesisitng a style (or maybe an occluded movement ) in the productions of contemporary art that directly articulates Rands philosophy. The Objectivist Studio addresses relationships between contemporary arts historical identification with ideas of transformation and change and the wider social, economic and market infrastuctures and audiences in which it now operates. In 1991, a joint survey by the Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club called Atlas Shrugged the second most influential book for Americans today, after the Bible.
Since the financial crisis of 2008, sales of Atlas Shrugged have surged. In 2009, the book sold half a million copies, and more than 7 million copies have sold since it was published in 1957. The book is No. 2 on Amazons bestseller list for political fiction and No. 2 for classic fiction. In the UK her novels The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, We the Living, and Anthem are published in Penguin Modern Classics editions.
In an interview with the New York Times in 2007 John A. Allison, the chief executive of BB&T, one of the largest banks in the US said: I know from talking to a lot of Fortune 500 C.E.O.s that Atlas Shrugged has had a significant effect on their business decisions, even if they dont agree with all of Ayn Rands ideas,
.It offers something other books dont: the principles that apply to business and to life in general. I would call it complete, he said. Gore Vidal described the book as nearly perfect in its immorality.
Alan Greenspan, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve who oversaw the program of deregulation and embrace of the free market approaches that have shaped contemporary banking and finance was a devotee of Ayn Rand. Greenspan first met her when he was 25 and working as an economic forecaster. He was married to artist Joan Mitchell, a member of Rands inner circle, known as the Collective, that met every Saturday night in Rands New York apartment.
According to Jeff Britting, the archivist of Rands papers. Greenspan was attracted to her moral defense of capitalism.. Shortly after Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957 Greenspan wrote a letter to The New York Times in response to a criticism that the book was written out of hate, saying Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of life and happiness. Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should.
Richard Grayson is an artist and curator Recent solo exhibitions include the Southampton City Art Gallery 2011, The Kunst Museum Thurgau Switzerland 2010-11, a five year retrospective at The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 2010 The Golden Space City of God Matts Gallery London 2009.
Recent Group exhibitions include the 2010 Sydney Biennale and Coral Visual, The Siemens Foundation Buenos Aires 2009.
He was curator of the 2002 Sydney Biennale (The World May be) Fantastic, the Hayward Touring exhibition A Secret Service - art compulsion concealment 2006. and Polytechnic, Raven Row London 2010.
He is represented by Matts Gallery London and Yuill/Crowley Sydney
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