Green has been playing a parlor game centered around reimagining MoMA's galleries
My take is that Americans pretty much needed Alfred Barr to simplify the polyglot
that was avant-garde art for Yankee consumption. Barr's brilliant solution
was Picasso and since he had helped MoMA to acquire Les Demoiselles d' Avignon
the museum was in a good position to make that case. Following curators like
Rubin and Varnadoe picked a different hero artist to key the installation to; Jackson Pollock. The thing
is I believe Americans are now ready for a more complex worldview and MoMA needs to
accept that challenge to avoid becoming not only just a museum of 20th century
art but a museum of 20th century ideology. Personally I agree that Pollock is
a lynch pin argument but I also agree with Tyler that by foregrounding another
giant like Clyfford Still and lesser lights like John McLaughlin it could really
shake things up. Hell, I'd throw in an Andrew Wyeth and lots of H.C.
just to flay the monogenic discussion away from just one artist. Westerman
isn't talked about enough
, he's actually way more influential than is typically
. I'm all for an allout assault on monogenic thought in America
and would greatly appreciate it if MoMA would take up the intellectual torch...
Barr didn't think as monogenically as his installations implied
were arguments for a certain time, now we need new arguments.
as I mentioned yesterday
that Jerry Saltz is also asking MoMA
to shake up its gender blend
. Worth linking to again... definitly want to
see a Lynda Benglis retro.
Last but not least, Miami
is just weeks away and here is a rundown of the fairs
Sure it's a mess and way too much art but I enjoy the levelling effect that
the art avalanche has. For me at the end of the day if anything remains worth
noting it's probably worth noting. The Pacific Northwest will be highlighted
more this year than ever before. More on that as the time gets closer.
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