From the debut of one museum of reinvention of another, to the new prominence of certain artists and dealers, to the triumph of dance, to the night when supposedly superficial Miamians found their outrage …
“We don’t see artists as sole, heroic, mysterious creators any more. We are used to appropriation of all kinds, from sampling to mashups to critical homages. We are used to referencing and remixing. We are in constant debate over the possibility of originality. And we are used to the idea of art as vandalism, too.”
Jerry Saltz: “A lot of the timid, judgment-averse writing afoot in criticism, as well as the snark adopted by those who were turned cynical in critical programs before they even had a chance to exercise belief, can be traced back to these posh programs. We need to find a way to stop dogmas from being taught and teachers from inculcating students with ideas that were fashionable 30 or 40 years ago, when the instructors were the student’s age.”
“The literati tradition holds the appreciation of art, calligraphy, music, chess and other ‘gentlemanly’ pursuits in high esteem. … Cultural power-brokers have been keen to promote old-style art collecting values, based on connoisseurship, history and tradition. In this vein, museums have been focusing on important collectors and their collections.”
“These are different times. We don’t see artists as sole, heroic, mysterious creators any more. We are used to appropriation of all kinds, from sampling to mashups to critical homages. We are used to referencing and remixing. We are in constant debate over the possibility of originality. And we are used to the idea of art as vandalism, too.”
“I don’t want to see any art museum start to divert its precious gallery space toward display of such ‘ephemera’ as correspondence, records of provenance, histories of patrons, posters of old shows, etc. But if there were a separate museum devoted to that, with changing exhibitions, I’d certainly buy a membership.”
“Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokude Nashiko – offensive slang which loosely translates as ‘reprobate child’ – was arrested in July for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D printer, inspired by her genitals. She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom.” Now the process seems to be repeating itself.
“I love the idea of finding something that I might not have found otherwise. So I follow one unknown name to another who has “liked” something on another unknown person’s account, who has then “liked” something on another person’s feed, and so on. Linking. Looking. And looking some more. And I have found plenty.”
A secret British report given to Parliament alleges that the Russian president took two paintings from state collections – one allegedly a Picasso from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg – and gave them to FIFA officials in exchange for their votes for Russia’s bid to host the 2018 world soccer championship.
“Miami finally has a flagship public museum capable of staging its own major shows and hosting important travelling exhibitions—above and beyond what the city’s numerous private museums are able to offer. But an ongoing debate about public funding for the institution has laid bare the single biggest challenge for museums and galleries in the city: fundraising in an increasingly competitive climate.”