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Art market analysis from the Ming Dynasty

Post #795 • May 23, 2006, 1:04 PM • 5 Comments

Hong Zicheng, from the Vegetable Roots Discourse:

Mountains and forests are scenic places, but once people want to camp there, they create a marketplace. Books and paintings are elegant things, but once you covet them, they become commodities.

For those who are not afflicted, every lust-filled place is the abode of the immortals. For those who are tempted, every happy place is a sea of bitterness.

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1.

Jack

May 23, 2006, 3:55 PM

Well, I could have used some Ming wisdom when I went to Target near Dadeland mall to get a little portable gas oven (for hurricane season, though I'd rather never have to use it). I was unavoidably exposed to the hideous oversized Britto "sculpture" some lamebrain was clueless (or cruel) enough to put next to the stores there. Even if Britto donated the horrid thing, it's a distinct public disservice to have placed it in plain sight of innocent and unsuspecting shoppers. The guy from the Studiosavant blog who recently posted on Parisian outdoor sculpture would have been absolutely appalled.

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nobody

May 23, 2006, 7:26 PM

I sadly have to pass a recently placed Burritto monstrosity on Kane Concourse everyday...its a big polkadotted Heart that makes me think of HATE each time I see it!
Ming wisdom never had to ponder such horrors.

3.

Jack

May 24, 2006, 2:40 PM

In case anyone had any lingering doubts or concerns about the performance of New Times art critic Carlos Suarez de Jesus, this might settle the matter (top of page):

http://miaminewtimes.com/Issues/2006-05-25/news/letters_2.html

And then again, it might not.

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oldpro

May 24, 2006, 3:53 PM

Those reviews don't even pretent to be art criticism, Jack. They are just friendly little flak pieces, the usual "comment on society" drivel which in fact matches most of the work pretty well. I doubt anyone takes the guy seriously as a critic.

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Jack

May 24, 2006, 5:07 PM

Well, OP, Bernice Steinbaum would appear to take him seriously, and she used to be a Baselite, you know. Of course, if he'd trashed a show at her gallery, she might not be so enthusiastic, but maybe I'm too cynical. And then again, maybe not.

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