by Robert Boyd
Below is a show video walkthrough of Crude by Andrei Molodkin. This show is about oil, and it is pretty much against the corrupting influence of oil on democracies like the U.S. and fake democracies like Russia. It's a provocative show for Houston. Oil money is finances much of the art institutions in Houston, either directly or indirectly. Many friends and acquaintances of mine work in the oil industry, including my brother. (I work in the natural gas industry, which overlaps the oil industry.) It's not Hans Haacke, who would have told us exactly who paid for the art in Houston and how much of that money came from oil. But nonetheless, Crude doesn't pull punches.