I hope everyone had a great weekend and if you were in Portland did not miss the Rothko
show. Here are some links.
Roberta Smith goes on about fun house art. As I wrote last year, I agree that some artists like Carsten Holler and Olafur Elliason do make fun house work that doesn't demand much of the viewer.
Then there are artists like Alfredo Jaar, Robert Irwin, Richard Serra who push institutions and viewers to their limits. That isn't a fun house it is to rigorous and demanding for that
and the distinction needs to be made. BTW the fun house stuff likely started with Salvatore Dali's World's Fair pavillion
. It's all a question of how much pandering the work does towards the viewer's expectations.
Here's an article on the "Try-Again-Ennials" from Modern Painters
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