Record Profits, by Sue Williams, 2008

Sue Williams Record Profits, 2008

Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm)
Credit Line: Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and 303 Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects

Record Profits presents a nearly impenetrable and highly detailed accumulation of interlacing forms in shades of corporeal red. Like an excerpt from a much larger field of penetrations, ruptures, and dripping forms, the painting envisages the ever-expanding "war on terror" as an abstract expressionist bloodbath. Perhaps in reference to the sums of capital—political, cultural, or material—expended on a Middle East war, the title darkly projects an economy that accrues and trades in dismembered bodies.


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"Record Profits." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​record-profits/​.