'duh Art & Stupidity'

Shimmering World


Introductions Frieze Academy

Charlottenborg Art Cinema

Strange Perfume

Forbidden to Forbid

'duh? Art & Stupidity'

Curated by Paul Clinton and Anna Gritz

10 November 2015 to 2 April 2016

Focal Point Gallery

"‘Wonderful Nothing’ [read two works by Lily van der Stokker] which felt strangely apt to describe the irreverent pleasures of stupidity."

– Beth Bramich, Art Monthly

'duh?' looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship

to the politics and performance of identity. High culture is meant to keep its audience from being stupid,

but artists have repeatedly drawn upon stupidity, or playing stupid, as a form of dissidence, irreverence or

as a means to cast off received thinking. To work from a position of stupidity would appear to be a good way

to counter knowingness and intellectual superiority, but how can artists adopt stupidity as a strategy without turning it into cleverness? Even if you don't play stupid, how do you make art about stupidity without declaring yourself to be smart? If there are forms of intellectualism that, through being inflexible and unresponsive, appear stupid, then what exactly is stupidity anyway? Featuring almost thirty international artists, off site projects, performances, talks and new commissions, this ambitious show also played with curating and exhibition design in order to undermine the idea that an art gallery should enlighten its audience.

Developed from Paul Clinton's research into stupidity, art and identity.

The exhibition was reviewed and featured in Art Monthly, The Guardian 'Guide' supplement, MOUSSE, Contemporary Art Daily, SLEEK and Resonance FM.

Paul Clinton 2017 © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.


Tariq Alvi


Michael Bracewell

Archie & Edith Bunker

Werner Büttner & Albert Oehlen

Bonnie Camplin

Cecelia Condit

The Cockettes

Claude Faraldo

Marc Camille Chaimowicz

Ryan Gander

Mario Garcia Torres

Isa Genzken

Gaylen Gerber

Judith Hopf

Larry Johnson

Erik van Lieshout

Kalup linzy

Clunie Reid

Kim Schoen

Lily van der Stokker

Annika Ström


Rosemarie Trockel

Tomi Ungerer

Andy Warhol