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Friday 05.28.10

« artists wanted | Main | cinema & print »

Friday Museum Links

I'll have an avalanche of reviews for you later today but till then:

The Portland Art Museum has posted some edited highlights of my talk on Anne Truitt and Dan Flavin here. Of course it doesn't get into all the details I discussed about Judd, Greenberg, Panza and Truitt herself as a kind of competing but complementary discourse but it's a nice art historical faceoff. In particular the way Truitt channeled emotional content into a so called cold style is telling. Fact was after growing up in the depression and making sacrifices as children during WWII artists like Truitt, Flavin and Judd had a keen interest in a more up front, less drama-filled contemplation of art.

Meat Packing District Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano

Well, in case you haven't heard... it's official The Whitney is moving to the Meat Packing District... so what will become of their fantastic but too small Breuer building? Looks like the Met will rent it so they can finally renovate their modern and contemporary galleries but after that who knows? My bet is the Guggenheim or possibly some non-art museum will rent or purchase it. The building is really only good a museum. On the new site Renzo Piano designed museum for the Whitney will put a premium on column-free space allowing a New York museum to compete or at least accommodate similar work as Tate Modern's enormous Turbine Hall. Is bigger better? Also, does this move effectively outflank the New Museum as a space for new art in NYC?

Also, though he does some fantastic museums can we have moritorium on Renzo Piano Museums? If PAM expands in the next decade (as is likely) I think Steven Holl, Norman Foster and maybe David Chipperfield are likely candidates. Though SANAA and Toyo Ito are great I think PAM's campus requires someone adept at connections and renovations. Foster, Holl and Piano are the best on the planet at that tricky type of design (though local boy Brad Cloepfil can't be ruled out he's already doing PNCA's projects).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 28, 2010 at 10:52 | Comments (0)


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