W Magazine Spotlights Little '85 Exhibition Featuring Morell '71 Photo

Story posted September 21, 2010

The last twenty years have seen huge fluctuations of wealth, global power shifts and the emergence of a new world economy.

Informed by these factors and inspired by the image of Mikhail Gorbachev as a spokesmodel for luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton — against what remains of the Berlin Wall — David E. Little '85 curated the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches.

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Abelardo Morell '71, 39 Gold Bar: $15,372.742 (11 AM/GMT-3/13/08): $988.25/oz Zurich, Switzerland, 2008, Pigment Ink Print mounted to Dibond. Morell's work is to be shown in two solo gallery shows in New York this fall: Bonni Benrubi Gallery, opening Oct. 7; Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, opening Oct. 28.

"I thought, What is going on here?" says Little, curator and head of the MIA's department of photography and new media, in an article in W magazine. "In the '80s who could have ever imagined this?"

Amid the exhibition's images of a polo match in Dubai and a Lexus showroom in Shanghai is a work by acclaimed artist Abelardo Morell '71 depicting 39 gold bars.

Read the W magazine article.

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