It's nice to be missed
Post #1003 • May 14, 2007, 7:14 AM • 21 Comments
From a statement likely written by Gean Moreno for a recent panel discussion called
What happened to the Miami Art Scene, emphasis mine:
The question seems to always be in the air these days, dangling there like the proverbial pink elephant in the middle of the room, waiting for an answer. It is always accompanied by the implication that the presence of Art Basel Miami Beach and the innumerable events that surround it have changed things in a fundamental way. Some - cautiously - avoid the question as if nothing has really changed in the last few years, contently reaping the benefits of these changes. Some can't praise the changes enough, triumphantly reminding us that we are now on the international map, premanently penned into the itineraries of jet-setting collectors and mile-a-minute curators. Others, perhaps feeling deprived of these benefits, do little but ask the question rhetorically, constantly reminding us in scathing tones that we are a one-month art scene (December) and the rest of the year we go into hibernation or decamp to the beach.
I say likely because Moreno moderated, his name lies obliquely under the statement, and the above literary infelicities have his stamp on them. Dangling there like an elephant? Although the conflation of two proverbial elephants, the one in the middle of the room that no one wants to talk about, and the pink one that troubles the sufferers of delirium tremens, seems apt if not intentional in this case. At any rate, here's Margery Gordon, writing for Art & Auction in November 2005:
Each year brings new events competing for the already exhausted eyeballs of fairgoers, and this season ushers in two new fairs, Pulse and Aqua, as well as a design exposition and more public spaces for private collections. With just so much time and energy to go around, not only do many artists' and gallerists' best efforts get lost in the shuffle, but the fixation on Art Basel can also drain interest and income from the rest of the city's art calendar.
"The fair is a spike in a relatively flat graph. We need to concentrate on making the rest of the year not Basel-great but still great. It's time for the city to redefine itself away from Art Basel," says Franklin Einspruch, a Miami-based artist, writer, and blogger. "One commenter on Artblog.net likened our situation to that of a tropical island where the local enonomy depends on rich foreigners trolling through town and buying up indigenous crafts. That arrangement tends to reinforce patterns of retrogressive behavior - in our case, the stereotype of Miami being a cool, fun town full of emerging artists rather than a serious place to make art."
Posted without further comment except that it's interesting that certain parties can't even begin a conversation about this without ascribing motives.
Perhaps feeling deprived of these benefits? Why disdain the possibility of legitimate complaints? Oh well, Moreno's moderating.
So, did anybody go to this thing?