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11 Feb 2018

Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business

Mills Gallery

Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch

Most artists, if they ever had the management acumen to sustain a creative career, would have run the numbers, recognized the fiscal ridiculousness of it all, and entered another field. Lucas Spivey's mission is to bring business education to them in a form they can comprehend, an exhibition.

He divides Mills Gallery using vinyl silhouettes of five American states. Each area features the work of an artist or team found there, samples of their production, and descriptions of their business model. They range from the sensible to the wacky. You can buy a copper ladle, joining handicraft with modern sensibilities, from Smith Shop in Detroit. You can also commission revenge raps from Derek Erdman of Chicago.

Spivey gathered this sampling over the course of a cross-country tour with a 1957 Shasta camper in tow as his office. His project is unusual example of art that aims to mend the world in some way: it is lighthearted and optimistic, its goals are specific and modest, and it succeeds.

Exhibition Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business
Start date 03 Feb 2018
End date 08 Apr 2018
Presenter Mills Gallery link
Venue 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA map
Image Derek Erdman, Chicago, Illinois, installation view, Culture Hustlers at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, January 2018, photo by Melissa Blackall

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