Kenny Schachter

KENNY SCHACHTER is a New York-based artist, art dealer, curator, writer, and critic. Schachter has formed a career by critiquing elitist rules and navigating the monetary circulation of art in his work. Maintaining the role of both an insider and outsider in the contemporary art world, Schachter offers what he calls a different, atypical viewpoint of the art world as a person who didn’t learn its systems, including the secretive relationships, pricing, and silence. Through his work, Schachter makes clear the machinations of the art market, disintegrating the barriers for people not on the inside. Influenced by artists like Paul Thek and Vito Acconci, Schachter humorously exposes the good, bad, and ugly nature of the business with blunt candor and incorporates humor to direct stark critiques, ultimately subverting the seriousness that the art world upholds in an unpretentious manner.

Schachter graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University in 1984 and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1987. He is a recipient of a Rockefeller grant and has contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, and Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter as well as publications in Artnet. He has shown and been published internationally and has work featured in permanent collections in museums such as the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

(Photo Credit: Yayoi Shionoiri; Source: Artsy)