Total tat. The art world makes a found object out of the poor.
I'm not sure that I would call a spectacle akin to a human zoo a counter-hegemony. A sense of ownership is quite different than ownership itself. This is not an example of self-organization, but rather a blue-chip artist exploiting the differences between two classes. Those who gaze and those who are gazed upon. Why is it so hard for white people to speak to black people, unless it is authorized by other white people?
I forgot to mention the title Biennial of the Americas. Who do they think they are The Whitney?
You know, let's just say for the sake of the argument, when most people say 'the art world', they tend to assume this means the stretch of Manhattan galleries from Chelsea to EV to LES to the upstarts in Brooklyn and a few West Coast artists like Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Thiebaud, Diebenkorn, drawing in LA and SF. They never think of, for example, art education, and how that discipline has evolved and effects millions of people across the nation. As well, how art history, taught at the college level, influences equally. These are domains that go under the radar. And so it is with how art is handled and marketed by art museums at the mid to large size cities around the country: Tampa Bay to Toledo to Denver to Houston, Seattle and so on. What you describe here could be almost the same across the board at these other sites. It's like a generation of Museum Directors decided that the only way to do art and keep a cool, well paying job with swank office is with an art center mentality that bundles the visual arts into a theater/orchestra/museum package underwritten by the local reigning corporations. Then, the visual artists kinda get schmoozed into this 'Well, we'll let you have some of the money as long as you play in our spectacle.' Co-option, yeah. And so you know nothing really serious will be critiqued since the corporate sponsors cannot be stained. I'm not saying Denver Museum is an art center, it's just that this story seems to be the same everywhere, marketing the fine arts 'in the provinces', is like when some urban street talk finally makes it to the Disney channel.
You know, when I graduated with my painting degree, there was a stigma among studio majors called the Van Gogh thing. And the Van Gogh thing maintained that if you did paintings for people of things they liked, you were compromising yourself and you would never get into art heaven. The Van Gogh law specified that it was better to work at a factory/office/restaurant. Problem was after 40-60 hours of that labor, there was little energy left to paint, so you wound up doing nothing. On the other hand, I found out that painting everything from restaurant murals to waiters trays to album/cd covers not only made money, but it taught me more about painting than my snooty painting faculty did. Kinda like Rosenquist doing bill boards or David Smith welding at a Studebaker factory. In effect, working through the craft of dumb-ass painting determined how I wanted to paint. So when all else fails, your 'job' just might be right under your nose.
"...being refused, even a kind refusal like the ones you are giving, feels hurtful."
That is not "bullshit," that's true. Women are made to feel through cultural reinforcement that sex is, "the highest compliment we can give men." As a women I've felt this before. When you offer sex, something that women are made to feel is one of the best things they have to offer, it stings when the dude says "no."
I don't think Audrey was trying to "justify" women "acting like an asshole because they're rejected," I think she was commenting on WHY women would feel that refusal to have sex because you want to get to know someone better first FEELS like rejection. I mean that's fucked up. Women should not be made to feel that all the greatest gift they can offer a man is sex. But, against our better judgement, sometimes we do because it is so ingrained into our culture.
Andrea, it's the new order judging the old order and confusing its own intolerance for "universal rules". Pretty soon they'll herd the remaining nonconformists with the new ways into ovens.
Yo, R/G, why not just be proud of being different and out there, dude? If everybody's gnarly, then why even bother waxing the board?
I'm an artist and I just moved to Sunset Park after being in Williamsburg for over 8 years. Williamsburg turned from a neighborhood into a tourist trap. I don't think I had anything to do with it, the process was well under way when I moved in. I hope that doesn't happen to Sunset Park, at least not so quickly. It's quiet, affordable, and interesting. It's doomed.
bullshit for making him feel bad. He is not wrong for having standard criteria for a happy relationship that doesn't involve another man. She isnt wrong either, they just need to break up. But fuck you for putting this on him.
Yeah TT, ur Ripped Van Winkle, right? Jerry Saltz named Jeff Koons artist of the first decade, this is the man who makes 'paintings' of American schlock in poorly designed combinations that could just as well have been printed on a laser printer for their slavish attempt to copy photography. And his shiny kitsch attempts are simply shiny metal lumps that need polishing everyday to ward off dullness. Jerry and his wife still promote shows about Brice Mardens, whose meaningless meanders reenforce the visual muzak label of years past. Dhirst: drag the shark back to the Mus. of Natural History and Jerry won't have to comment on dumb spots. Jerry facilitates Gerhardt Richter without noting he has been doing the same paintings for decades. Look I don't know how you can say Saltz is NOT a mouth piece for corporate funded museum special interests. Saltz's idea of activism is to point out at seminal moments like the WB, that women are underrepresented in museums. Uh, no Doy? And isn't that called lip service? The point is if Jerry were an authentic reviewer he wouldn't be wasting his time on Koons with an artist of the year award, what is this country western? Why do we need such a loathsome mainstream cliche? Saltz is symptomatic of an out of touch museum/gallery system that is more about money, making money, and moneyed collectors. The excitement of new art has long since left the building. We are left with the L'ecole des Beaux BoyBoomers. Why do you think Mike Kelley was so distraught? And read the article, the detailing relates art travel for art fairs, which most people don't know about.
"...now she’s found this other guy that she also wants to have a relationship with, and I’m not cool with it...it’s just not who I am. I can’t imagine breaking up with her, but I also can’t imagine a lifetime of her being with other guys."
As someone who is also not willing to share their significant other--whatever floats the boat of consenting adults is fine by me; just don't want to be involved in a polyamorous relationship, which strikes me as "legal" cheating, btw, but I digress--I'd recommend this dude walk away from this woman. It's done. Gonna hurt like hell but staying will be even worse.
This doesn't really have anything to do with art travel specifically, but just travel generally. Those experience totally sucked, but could've happened to a poorly-paid person in any industry. And, to the commenter above, Saltz does not cheer art world hegemony. He's very aware that only about 80 or so artists are actually Successful (with the capital S and all that glam), and goes out of his way to champion "outsiders" while wondering aloud if those atop the pile are even making art anymore.
I like your suggestion.
So at some point, keeping in mind your disparaging admonition about artists moving to NYC, you have to write a piece on why you want to keep on doing what you are doing. Can you cash in, and I mean that in a good way, and write an insider's book? I mean, given the last decade's hegemony of a few baby boomer artist's while the Jerry Saltz's stood by cheerleading has to have sleazy other side, right?
That was the most eloquent and substantive answer I think I have ever seen in a column! Being keen on maintaining an open dialogue with your partner, as they develop and mature in life, is paramount for maintaining love, trust, respect and all that good stuff that sets you apart from the cold fish out there. Seeing your partner (or partners :) mature and evolve as life progresses is one of life's most fantastic experiences and only possible in life long relationships.
Give each other a big hug, sit down and cry if need be, and work through things accepting that communication has been lacking somewhere along the way but realize that nothing is set in stone or hinders you from looking forward to a long, happy, life together.
Fuck, I hate leaving the comfort of my home.
Here's actual information on the (legal) nuances of this situation, for anyone who's interested. http://www.theafa.org/article/using-a-known-sperm-donor-understanding-the-legal-risks-and-challenges/
That title though. Brilliant.
This issue has already been court tested. The sperm donor father will get tagged for child support if the mother sues for it.
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