Catalogs of inadequate art won't last long at these prices
Post #1440 • January 7, 2010, 3:36 PM • 18 Comments
This is a little bit of a cheap shot, but I am a collector of what I call natural art criticism (see also here). A borderline case thereof sent by the Boston ICA just appeared in my e-mail inbox. Their catalog of one of the current exhibitions, that of dreary work by Damian Ortega, is not exactly running out the door, with less than two weeks to go before it closes. These circumstances have prompted the museum to channel Crazy Eddie. This reminds me of the de facto futures market that formed around the exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta in late 2008. Nothing quite like art criticism written by the invisible hand.