As my vacation entry, I am offering a few things that I read and enjoyed this summer. This is not a book list (although I did read Moby Dick this summer, so my white whale was actually the White Whale).
Edward Winkleman’s Blog is always a good read. I enjoyed this post entitled The Post-Brick-and-Mortar Gallery Art Market?. It raises some great questions and I will be coming around to it again when I do my What do we use an Art Fair for? post in the fall.
Rather than a review of MoMA’s Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language show (it just ended, sorry), I implore you to spend a bit of time reviewing the MoMA exhibition site and possibly the journal/catalog that was created (it’s only $5 bucks) to correspond with the show. The show is full of hyper-referential works. Experimental Jetset riff on John and Yoko. Nauman’s RAW WAR, 1970 flashes sad eye-twitching neon near Shannon Ebner’s photo of palms and text RAW WAR, 2004. They showed some Tauba Auerbach that made me glad just to be in the same room with them. Also, it made me want to run over to see Sharon Hayes at the Whitney before it closes on Sept 9. Plus, The Whitney has that dotty lady over there.
Ken Johnson’s Eye Candy or Eyesore? from last week’s NY Times review of public art. A taste: “Installed on the plaza of Lever House, it is a giant rat, one of those balloons that labor union strikers often bring with them to represent masters of the capitalist universe, but here cast in bronze by the team of young artist-provocateurs known as the Bruce High Quality Foundation. In a poetically just world, it would be permanently installed on Wall Street within waving distance of the raging bull.”
Remind you of anything? Here is your link back to Atlas Seventh in case you want to revisit.
And lastly, like a mars rover with a Jet Blue logo on it’s side, ArtInfo reports on: “The Arts Consortium — a new think tank for museum professionals funded by Christie’s and started by former Milwaukee Art Museum director of exhibitions Laurie Winters — (which) plans to bring neuroscientists, behavioral economists, tech specialists, and art critics to Vienna in October to meet with a group of museum administrators.”
I don’t think this is a bad idea at all, but I guess what questions they ask and answer will be the real proof of purpose. Let’s try to fill museums with willing patrons, not bored visitors.