The Easel

Hans Haacke, at the New Museum, Takes No Prisoners

A difficult show, leading to some clunky reviews. Haacke has spent his career documenting art’s entanglements with business and museums as “warehouses of wealth”. He famously had a retrospective at the Guggenheim cancelled because the director felt his art was too political. Haacke disagreed. “My works do not advocate any political cause”. Says this writer, Haacke has “often been a better activist than artist.”