Andrew Goldstein wonders what
P.S.1 will be like without Alanna Heiss
? As of late the institution has been
morphing into more of an establishment venue with the Greater New York shows
etc. and a connection to MoMA... it's the way things tend to go. Really anything
that isn't a fusty musty academic institution will tend
to fall victim to its own successes (see MoMA, Dia, Guggenheim) and it's why
Judd took to Marfa and even that outpost has become a fetish of remoteness.
Look, if Walter Hopps could somehow mellow and take on an old sage-like patina in his last
years anyone and any institution can...it's just part of the metabolism of culture.
Speaking of Judd, Tyler Green is still in
head of the month
, both bits are interesting, especially the bits on why
Smithson was more favored in the academy.
Kim Davenport of Rice University has 10
bits of sound advice regarding installation art
. You definitely have to
take a greater leap of faith and trust the artist more for site specific projects.
Lots of local
discussion of Roger Ballen is going on
with the show
. It's a wonderful show even though this sort of odd storyteller
photography often feels too contrived to me in the same way that professional
wrestling, reality TV and the Jerry Springer show do. Yet, Ballen pulls it off.
The show fares well under repeat visits, though it feels too convenient in the
same way Arbus that Arbus and Cindy Sherman do. Basically it's just not my thing,
but as a viewer it is interesting to explore how I respect it.
The Oregonian did a big getting
to know you
story on Brian Ferriso. As one would expect it is more human interesty than PORT's
recent 1 year checkup
it but gets points for finally pointing out his curatorial
and architectural background (and touching on the fact that the Milwaukee situation
makes Portland's problems look rather more pleasant by comparison). Looks like a story they've had sitting around for a while and used because something else fell through though.
One of Tom Sachs' Animals, not one of the lame bronzes
I like Tom Sachs but working in bronze is just a
. Sure, there is too much foam based art these days but there's
got to be another way to escape the casual Fridays dress code for sculpture he has
helped to create.