Image courtesy of the artist, Zagreb

An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist

Date: 1992

Materials: Acrylic on artificial silk

Dimensions: 59 x 98 7⁄16 in. (150 x 250 cm)

Credit: Collection of the artist

Over the four decades of Stilinović’s career, as the political landscape of his native Croatia and the rest of the world has altered, his work has encompassed an engagement with capitalism and globalism. “As an artist,” he writes, “I learned from both East (socialism) and West (capitalism). Of course, now when the borders and political systems have changed, such an experience will not longer be possible. But what I have learned from that dialogue, stays with me.” An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist combines the authoritative tone of socialist sloganeering with the DIY strategy of handmade protest banners to present a cynical indictment of the Anglo-Western dominance of a purportedly global art world.

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Co-curator Dan Byers on An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist

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