The phrase over the gallery door reads, ‘Culture is a palace built from dog shit,’ a quote by Bertold Brecht relayed by Theodore Adorno to criticize mass culture’s commercialization. Keeping the words in German lends them more gravitas. Putting them in blue neon, more consumer appeal. But primarily, artist collective Claire Fontaine’s text piece questions how the art world’s own extreme commercialization in recent years changes the equation.

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