dave barry gets it right about the art world, again
Post #194 • January 19, 2004, 9:27 AM • 13 Comments
Dave Barry in yesterday's Miami Herald:
But no matter what the art is, a Serious Art Person will view it with the somber expression of a radiologist examining X-rays of a tumor.
Whereas an amateur will eventually give himself away by laughing; or saying "Huh?"; or (this is the most embarrassing) asking an art-gallery person: "Is this wastebasket a piece of art? Or can I put my gum wrapper in it?"
But back to Art Basel: I didn't go to the main show. I went to an officially sanctioned satellite show called "Art Positions," which was a group of large, walk-in shipping containers set up on the beach, serving as mini art galleries. Serious Art People drifted blackly from container to container, solemnly examining the tumors.
I nominate Dave Barry for a regular column in ArtForum.