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Post #785 • May 8, 2006, 6:48 AM • 21 Comments

Well, not really, but after this I think I'm going to retire as the Official Supplier of Contrast to Local Art World Hyperbole. One doesn't want to become typecast.

Comment

1.

alesh

May 8, 2006, 8:12 AM

I know, right? The article sounds like a high-school gossip session:

"So like, OMG, jordan used to be with dorsch, and now he's with tachmes, and, like, gavin used to be with tachmes, but now he's with snitzer! and, like, hernan is still with snitzer, but now, OMG, you wouldn't believe who's trying to get a piece of his action --- bianca jagger! I can't believe it"

And then the Herald is like "so einspruch wanted us to write about art every day, and now look @ us - TWICE in one day. He must be SO pleased and now maybe he won't leave and everyone will realize how great we are and how we've always totally loved the local art scene now that it's internationally famous."

2.

cohen

May 8, 2006, 10:13 AM

Hey, in the 1920s in Paris, there was lots of gossip about artist as well,,, likewise Miami 2007 art gossip/// it makes sense,,, so, in the 1980s was Miami similar to Paris during the French revolution. Ive decided not to move to Paris, cause im already here,,, in the 1920s..

3.

Dan

May 8, 2006, 11:11 AM

Does Snitzer come off as this big of an asshole in real life?

4.

oldpro

May 8, 2006, 11:40 AM

Bigger.

5.

Jack

May 8, 2006, 12:17 PM

As if it weren't already painfully clear and exhaustively documented that the art scene, here and elsewhere, is what it is, we get this quaint and perfectly useless reminder from the Herald--several steps behind the game, of course. I'm mildly tempted to adress some of the more blatant drivel thrown around in the article, but it's not worth the bother. These people will continue to exist in their own version of Bizarro World as long as the money is there, quite oblivious to anything beyond their delusions and/or ambitions. They all deserve each other. There's little point expecting them to be otherwise.

6.

Marc Country

May 8, 2006, 2:31 PM

Can any of you locals offer us distant observers a more convincing historical parallel than the Miami/Paris connection?

7.

Jack

May 8, 2006, 2:46 PM

Now Marc, you mustn't quibble. Hype, however ludicrous, is pretty much de rigueur, especially for serious players, and even more especially for those doing the selling. You don't want to look unsophisticated and, heaven forbid, out-of-it by questioning it. The right people never do.

8.

Mystified

May 8, 2006, 4:58 PM

To some, the growing number of dealers with their ever-shifting rosters is proof of Miami's arrival as a serious art town.

Indeed to some, but not to me yet. Miami art scene is still very provincial. Why? Because all we do is copy New York and others.


The museums collect and show the same art that other museums show (with the exception of the FIU Wolfsonian).

The few collectors that collect in Miami, collect the same artists. So, their collection is the same from other world collections. Nothing is really unique.

Here, galleries react and show similar stuff like other galleries in New York, etc…and showing young art students is the current fashion all over.

We currently have about 3 young artists that made it international and they keep promoting them over and over again because that’s what we have or because they are obsessed with them. (This article is proof of that).

Show me something more that is not “young art students”. Work your eyes a little bit harder and find them. They are certainly here.

Basel is in Miami because it works here well. The city is a “party town” and there are no other major distractions. When Basel arrives, it is “Basel time” and that’s it.

Miami like Paris? Please. Like I said before, we only have about 3 international artists and there are no serious writers or philosophers to contradict this sugary town.

Local dealers and the 3 artists are happy. So like the saying goes: If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

9.

blue

May 8, 2006, 10:04 PM

Miami's art scene is poor - but for an art lover like myself it is basically better than nothing...and better than it was 10 years ago. But in the end, I am just settling. And why is it worth settling for? Because it is the only thing even vaguely close to an intellectual spirit in this town. Miami could possibly be the capital of anti-intellectualism. It's not it's fault. We make our money off of tourism and that's how we sell it....come to Miami, turn off your brain...relax. But that leaves crap for the locals. The Miami art scene and it's preponderance of pseduointellectualism is, sadly, a bandaid for this trauma of a situation.

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cohen

May 8, 2006, 10:57 PM

miami makes its money from drugs not tourism

11.

alesh

May 9, 2006, 7:38 AM

Ah, um; from the ignore blog: Somebody said that guy from Artblog drives a Scion.

But yes, I'm not saying an article like that should never be written, just that it doesn't belong in the herald. Then again, they could just have done another Chihuly photo spread . . .

12.

oldpro

May 9, 2006, 8:16 AM

What are you referring to, Alesh?

I couldn't find anything about artbog there, and, judging from the content of the site, I doubt it would be worth reading anyway.

13.

Franklin

May 9, 2006, 8:20 AM

Mine's an xB, yo.

14.

Keith

May 9, 2006, 8:59 AM

Blue #9, I think you have it. It is, in general, an anti-intllectual town, it is superficial, fun and commodity oriented. It isn't a great place to grow, but a good place to die.

On the other hand, I think most will agree that the area is improving culturally. This is a different place than in the 80's. It usually takes time to build a great cultural/intellectual center/city. This is a young area, folks on the blog, want it to improve, to be better than it is. This kind of rambunctious attitude should propel the area beyond a tourist destination (I know, wishful ramblings).

15.

oldpro

May 9, 2006, 10:13 AM

Gosh, Keith, how do you know? I assume you haven't died yet.

16.

Keith

May 9, 2006, 10:36 AM

What makes you assume that, OP?

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oldpro

May 9, 2006, 10:38 AM

Well, just random clues here and there, like blog comments.

I could be wrong, of course.

18.

Jack

May 9, 2006, 11:17 AM

Alesh (#11), you're too kind. The Herald is hardly above this sort of piece, which is probably its idea of serious arts coverage. Remember those stupid German transvestites in pink at Basel? The Herald was all over them like white on rice. Of course that's what they wanted, but there's no need to cater to such nonsense. If nothing else, it's beyond predictable.

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alesh

May 9, 2006, 4:32 PM

i'm not saying it's not typical, just that it's not right.

hey, did you see the herald is opening FREEKING COMMENTS on select articles apparently starting today?

maybe they were waiting for Franklin to leave . . .

20.

that guy

May 9, 2006, 5:52 PM

That guy wouldn't be caught dead in one of those shoe boxes of a car!

21.

actually

May 12, 2006, 8:52 AM

there have been comments on herald articles for several weeks now

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