Kenny Schachter | »Pay Nothing«
Kenny Schachter | »Pay Nothing«

Kenny Schachter | »Pay Nothing«

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Giclée print
Edition size: 60
70 x 70 cm


Kenny Schachter is an American artist, writer, and curator. In both his writing and his art he has developed a unique, critical meta language addressing the behaviors and mechanisms of the ruthless art market beast, to dissect all of its major players. Traversing effortlessly between the roles of artist, curator, dealer and writer, it seems logical that his own art is informed by the critique of the art market as well.

 “Pay Nothing” (2020) is another direct response to the pandemic, an appropriation of the text piece “Pay Nothing Until April” by Ed Ruscha. Pay nothing stands for the call for rent strikes as a result of the Covid cash crunch and the stalled economy. Ironically Ruscha’s work refers to April—the deadline in America to pay taxes—which additionally, perfectly fits into the pandemic timeline.

Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries and teaching (art history and economics) for nearly thirty years; presently in the graduate department of the University of Zurich and a professorship at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has lectured internationally, been the recipient of a Rockefeller supported grant in Mexico, and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci and Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter. Schachter has a regular column on in addition to writing widely for various international publications including most recently New York Magazine and The Times (UK). He had a retrospective of his art at Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery in New York in the summer of 2018, curated an exhibit at Simon Lee Gallery in London, fall 2018 and a one person show at Kantor Gallery, LA, February 2019.  Schachter has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine (cover story, September, 1996), and London's ObserverIndependent and Telegraph. He is currently based in New York.