The Chase Advantage, 1976
The Chase Advantage is a composition of photos, graphics, and quotations. The hexagonal logo of Chase Bank serves as a frame for elements from an advertisement, two quotes, and the photo of a painting by Victor Vasarely above David Rockefeller at the time when he was chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He also served twice as chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art in New York from the sixties to the nineties, Chase was a major financial supporter of the right-wing Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, with close ties to the CIA. The statement by David Rockefeller praising investment in the arts is juxtaposed with a quote from a book by Ivy L. Lee praising the manipulation of public opinions by means of publicity. John Davison Rockefeller Jr., father of David Rockefeller, hired Ivy L. Lee after the 1914 Ludlow Massacre where forty striking workers, including women and children, were killed by the Colorado National Guard in a coal mine that Rockefeller partially owned. Currently, David Rockefeller is the oldest living member of the family and he is Honorary Chairman at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, at 91 years old, he teamed up with former Goldman Sachs executives to form a fundraiser in support of Republican candidates.
The Chase Advantage exposes manipulative rhetorical devices by combining public statements and quotations as evidence. Juxtaposing, composing, and appropriating ready-made information reveals instrumental uses of art, language, and ideology. It points to the social complexity of a multiplicity of systems functioning simultaneously in economic, political, and cultural contexts. Imaginative analysis of verifiable facts is integrated with system aesthetics and theory, together condensed into a work of fine art.
Screenprint on shaped acrylic plastic. 48 x 48 in. 121,9 x 121,9 cm.
Edition 3 of 6. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery. Photo: Steven Probert; copyright Hans Haacke and Artists Rights Society.