"If Elections Were Held Today" from the collection of Ileana Sonnabend and Nina Castelli Sundell, 1973


Screenprint in portfolio sleeve of Crane's bond paper No. 1

12.00 x 9.00 in

30.5 x 22.9 cm

Edition of 300

Stamped with artists name and copyrighted text verso;also, stamped on verso of Portfolio Sleeve on Crane's Bond Paper No. 1

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    About The Work

    This is Hans Haacke's conceptual art piece from the New York Collection for Stockholm Portfolio, issued in 1973. It commemorated a collection of paintings and sculpture by top New York artists of the 1960s, assembled by Hulten and Kluver for the Moderna Museet Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. In this deceptively simple but effective work, Haacke used a straightforward poll to make explicit the 1970s liberal politics of most people who worked in the arts and many art patrons.

    The text, which appears typed, reads: "If elections were held today, for which candidate would you vote? / Mc Govern 634 (74.4%)/Nixon 55 (6.4%)/None 102 (12.0%)/Dont know 44 (5.1%)/ No answer 13 (1.5%)/This is the response of 848 visitors to the John Weber Gallery/from October 7 to 24, 1972. They have completed a questionaire/of 20 questions with which they participated in 420 WEST BROADWAY/ VISITOR'S PROFILE, a survey conducted by Hans Haacke./ 602 (70.9%) of the 848 visitors indicated having a professional/ interest in art (e.g. artist, dealer, critic, etc.)." 

    The original portfolio sleeve (shown) is made of Cranes Bond Extra No. 1 quality with HANS HAACKE's name in block letters stamped in front. It also comes with a copy of the colophon page of the entire portfolio as provenance. This will be the first time it has been removed from the original mahogany portfolio box it was housed in as part of the Sonnabend/Castelli. 

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

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    • Historic provenance: From the collection of legendary art dealer Ileana Sonnabend - wife of Leo Castelli and the estate of their daughter Nina Castelli Sundell.

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