Post #383 • October 8, 2004, 9:53 AM • 23 Comments
Before we get into the roundup this week, I just want to say that my decision to leave Rocket Projects has to do with the fact that I feel I am more of a creative person and want to concentrate on my vision as an independent curator and no longer wish to represent artists... wait... that wasn't me.
I don't even want to devote a full post to this. Godspeed, Nina. As for the article, it has at least two iterations of the kind of language that people use when they're trying not to tell you the truth. Arias has been criticised as being more adept at promoting parties than selling art... By whom? [Erstwhile partner Nick Cindric] adds that Arias' exit was involuntary, characterizing it as a business decision based on the need to keep the gallery afloat... Involuntary? Involuntary means she had a seizure and threw herself through the display window. Somebody removed her, and said somebody ought to find the courage to identify himself. (I'd willingly consider that somebody did, but the statement got lost in the effort to sound polite for the article.)
But frankly, none of this bothers me as much as the author's citation of an anonymous e-mail alleging all kinds of iniquity, and going on to say that Cindric "neither confirmed nor denied the allegations," a maneuver of journalistic judo that damns Cindric by implication without coming out and accusing him of anything. This e-mail fell into my hands over a week ago, and I found it an amusing piece of histrionic rumormongering. But on principle and for the sake of my credibility, I don't use Artblog.net to spread rumors. Street seems to harbor no such compunctions.
Chris Kirkham for the Miami Herald: Museum displays relics from life of Diana: The museum of art displays relics of the short, storybook life of Diana, Princess of Wales. "This gown really began the idea of this fairy-tale romance wedding, [Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale executive director Irvin Lippman] said." I include this item in the roundup with hesitation. Swallow your coffee completely before reading.
Alfredo Triff for the Miami New Times: Two Postmodern Nightmares: Grotesque sculpture for one, problematic videos for another.
Michael Mills for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Artbeat.
Gary Schwan for the Palm Beach Post: Storm-caused cancellations seem to have no ceiling. Ouch.
My article just appeared in the current issue of RISD Views. I recommend downloading the issue (4.3 MB pdf) - William Van Roden did a beautiful job laying it out. You can also view a short piece I wrote about Miami artist Carlos de Villasante (RISD '93). (Page 21 of the pdf, page 39 of the document.)
See you there: Tonight, Guerra de la Paz at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. On Saturday, my show along with those of Dan Weihnacht and Tim Walker at Dorsch, Bhakti Baxter at Snitzer, group show at Art Vitam, Peter Sarkisian at Steinbaum.