As part of the exhibition Bob + Roberta Smith present The Art Amnesty, which ran from October 11th to November 11th, 2002, at Pierogi in New York City, artists were invited to call it a day in exchange for a free pin:
'Sign this card and bring it with you to Pierogi and you will receive a special
"I AM NO LONGER AN ARTIST" badge.
A call to Artists. Pack it in. Bob and Roberta Smith are delighted to offer this Amnesty for your Bad Art. Turn in your brushes and video cameras. Hand in your chisels and marble.
If you think of yourself as an artist then step back and consider the last time you sold something (if you ever have), who turned up to your NEA-funded performance? Why you opened your studio and exactly who was interested?
For Gods sake get a life, and more importantly
GET A F***CKING PROPER JOB.
ARTISTS. PACK IT IN.
HAND OVER YOUR DUD WORK, EASELS AND MATERIALS AT PIEROGI.
One dumpster load of work will be disposed of at the end of the Amnesty—
Don't miss a life changing opportunity.'
Bob and Roberta Smith