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Hans Haacke

Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971

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9 photostats, 142 gelatin silver prints, and 142 photocopies

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Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchased jointly by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, and the Fundació Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

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© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

A landmark work of institutional critique, HansHaacke’s Shapolsky et al Manhattan Real Estate Holdings,A Real Time Social System as of May 1, 1971 chronicles thefraudulent activities of one of New York City’s largest slumlords over thecourse of two decades. The work comprises 146 photographs of Manhattanapartment buildings, mostly tenements; maps of Harlem and the Lower East Side;photographs and charts documenting real estate transactions; and texts withinformation about the location, ownership structure, and financial histories ofthe buildings. Haacke culled all of his data from the public record, adapting aneutral presentational style that resembles various contemporaneous projects inConceptual art. Shapolsky et al. wasto be part of the artist’s solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in thespring of 1971, but the show was cancelled six weeks before its scheduledopening.

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