Saturday, 11 October 2008


Matt Vis and Tony Campbell conceived The International Art Police in New York in 1998, but it wasn’t until both moved to New Orleans that they started their first tour of duty.
Since then they have completed successful tours in New York, London and Belfast and Dublin, as well as being on a tour of duty in Venice for the 2007 Beinnale.

Officers Campbell and Vis write tickets to artists and gallerists in an attempt to uphold the general rules of art, it must be stressed that this pedestrian form of criticism has no role in defining good or bad art. Racing car drivers are often ticketed for speeding, but their driving skills are not in question. Many citations have been written and numerous violations have been avoided due to their continued presence on the art beat.

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