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Marianne Vitale

Born 1973 in New York, New York
Lives and Works in New York, New York

“Welcome to the future of Neutralism,” Marianne Vitale declares at the beginning of her video Patron. Staring directly into the camera, Vitale orders her audience to stand up, open their mouths wide, recite tongue-twisting rhymes, and “spit at the ceiling.” While insisting on compliance with her videotaped instructions, Vitale’s performance parodies authoritarian posturing, especially when her abusive demands border on the surreal (“imagine your feet soaking in gopher urine”) and her monologue evolves into a poetic flight of mean-spirited aphorisms. Vitale’s tone recalls the rhetoric of early twentieth-century avant-garde movements such as Futurism, whose members wrote breathless manifestos calling for radical change. While Vitale’s philosophy of “Neutralism,” which she never defines, may be grounded in a sense of irony, her direct address nonetheless retains something of the historical avant-garde’s conviction of art’s ability to jar viewers into action.

Read about the artist

Biennialist Marianne Vitale Leads a Fishy Mutiny on the LES
The L Magazine (March 2010)

Studio Visit: Marianne Vitale
Flash Art Online (February 2010)

Artist Marianne Vitale Pitches a Tent in Hell
New York Magazine (December 2008)

Jen DeNike and Marianne Vitale
Artforum (May 2007; note: registration required)

The Perfect Man Show
Frieze (March 2007)

Deborah Colton Gallery: Chemical City
Houston Press (October 2007)