did you know that artnews magazine ranks don and mera rubell among the world's top 200 art collectors?
Post #610 • August 25, 2005, 11:43 AM • 49 Comments
You will, along with many other Rubell factoids, after reading this chummy chat that Alfredo Triff had with the Rubells for the Miami New Times.
This interview doesn't differ significantly in tone from the one that appears by Rubell curator Mark Coetzee in the dubiously titled Not Afraid, and follows a fawning review that Triff wrote about the dubiously titled At This Time show chez Rubell roughly eleven weeks ago.
Although it may never request my services again after this posting, I occasionally contribute to the New Times. I nevertheless feel obliged to point out that as writers tackling public matters in the art world, we owe it to the public to parse our subject accurately. By accurately, I mean that we have to take note of failures as well as successes.
Very few works of art, exhibitions thereof, or perpetrators of either fail 100%. Neither do they often succeed 100%. I'm not going to pick these New Times pieces apart, nor will I argue about the sincerity of anyone involved. I will however point out that statements like "I hope the neighborhood [Wynwood! Wynwood!] doesn't change" and "we surround ourselves with the environment to influence and experience contemporary issues," left unchallenged, come off as fatuous self-aggrandizement; a little even gets on the interviewer. Triff has top-flight training in picking these kinds of assertions apart, and lets them go to his discredit. With a recent review of the same entity that presented its subject as flawless, one for the record books, Triff should worry about using up his credibility, just as I'm probably burning his patience.