do i mean it
Post #673 • December 1, 2005, 6:51 AM • 11 Comments
There seems to be some confusion about the Real Painting press release.
I wrote it - that's probably obvious - and I mean every word.
Now, the headline is humorous. At first read, it seems like we're saying that real painting, thanks to us, might finally appear during AB/MB, otherwise it wouldn't. The subhead clarifies that the exhibition title is "Real Painting" and that it will appear during Basel week.
The joke ends there. It's overwritten and designed to get a reaction. It's a press release; it's supposed to. But we believe in non-overwritten versions of these sentiments. I do, anyway. This really is some of the best work being done in Miami.
Would real painting have appeared otherwise? Of course it would. I'd venture, though, that among shows of works made in the last year or so, this is the one most squarely aimed at the visual aspect of visual art to the exclusion of other concerns.
So no, it's not a prank. Our tongues are not in our cheek. It's not that our "ideas are pedestrian and poorly-argued;" this is about a love of painting that is its own justification, as all loves are. One does not justify love via well-argued proof. One simply feels. (See, Kathleen? We're the Dionysian side of this equation.)
Should this group generate another event and I have any say about it, it will not adopt the same antagonistic tone. This is the kind of thing that's okay to do once. To do it again would amount to, what we call in the martial arts, leaning on your opponent. If you want to define yourself, you might start by asserting what you're not, but in the end you must clarify what you are.
In conclusion, yes, we think that most of the art you all are making is crap. But an enormous percentage of any endeavor is crap, so don't take it personally. Even we have bad days. But they're not in this show. This is a fine, fine show. Check it.
PS - Saw AB/MB. Franklin is happy. More later.