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Sorry for the silence

Post #1154 • April 8, 2008, 7:14 AM • 4 Comments

When one feels under the weather, spending some time on a diverting project can have a salutary effect. And so I did.

I will now answer e-mails and write about art and the like.




April 9, 2008, 8:11 AM

This is nice, though it would be nicer if I lived in LA. I especially like how it loads with listing by end date.

Can one search by artist name? I guess another feature might be to have them grouped geographically...



April 9, 2008, 10:18 AM

From a Miami Herald article by Brett Sokol on the Miamians in the latest Whitney Biennial:

While many critics have griped that some corners of her Biennial resemble a hurricane-smashed Home Depot, [Shamim] Momin remains unapologetic.

''I think there's a lot of sentimentality in critics of a certain generation,'' she counters. ``They have a romantic idea of what art should be: The good old days when dudes slapped paint on a canvas.''

So there you have it. Now you can stop worrying and learn to love the bomb, just like Dr. Strangelove. I'm so relieved.



April 11, 2008, 1:39 PM

Why is it that people always have to smack painting and use it as the scapegoat in order to defend their selections for an exhibition? I suppose it is because she (like others) was a lazy mediocre art student and painting was hard. I know a lot of people who became dealers, curators, photographers, conceptual and film artists because they just couldn’t draw or paint. I would like to ask these people to, please, please don’t blame painting….at least try to be more original and creative when explaining your selections for a show.



April 11, 2008, 4:27 PM

Well, Mystified, it's a very handy and expedient punching bag. The fact such a position is essentially bogus and disingenuous is not a deterrent, because it's now totally the norm to be bogus and disingenuous. Nobody seriously expects it to be otherwise; they just disguise it with BS, and there's a kind of honor system: you don't call me on my BS and I won't call you on yours.



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