Jeff Koons Closes the Whitney

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                    Pop Art Comeback Announce that you like Jeff Koons and they’ll think you’re crazy or a capitalist running-dog lackey. Say you hate him and you’re just another anti-capitalist snooty spoilsport, without a sense of irony. So the best thing to do might be to avoid the big, expensive show of his shiny, expensive art now at the Whitney. After all, everyone has already seen most of the stuff; … [Read more...]

Timepiece: Slow Has Its Moment, Again

How to Wear Takehito's Masticator

      Food was first.  Slow Food is the alternative to fast food and agribusiness. Slow food is regional. Proponents of Slow Food call themselves locavores. Slow Food does not mean slow cooking or chewing each mouthful 17 times. Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) once took 45 minutes to Fletcherize an apple. A contemporary version of  tech-aided Fletcherizing has been produced in Japan -- Masticator (2005) by artist Takehito Etani. It is part of his "Spiritual Prothtetics … [Read more...]

Warhol plus Beuys: The Bruce

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                        Art History Exposed: Ode to Joy        The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Ode to Joy” at the Brooklyn Museum, through September 22, is not only high quality, but droll. Smart Art returns. We are so tired of ego-tripping nonentities pretending to be artists. We are so tired of art fairs and art investments. So tired of curators sucking up to galleries and the foundations established in behalf of dead artists….Well, … [Read more...]