The New York Times ran an interesting if somewhat unsubstantial article on Donald Judd's 101 Spring Street
home becoming a public museum. The important idea is the way artists so rarely dictate their own context today, especially in comparison to Judd. When I co-curated a Judd show a few years ago (also in a cast-iron building) I noted some of the specific criterion at work in this essay
. What the article doesn't get into enough is the way that Judd isn't about perfection at all... his work is all about the pragmatic reduction of distraction, part of which is the artist creating their own context and not leaving it to others. Spring Street came before Marfa and is every bit as important as the projects in Texas. Being in New York it makes Spring Street even more crucial... is there any place with more distractions to reduce?
Edward Winkleman discusses defections from the art market
A German curator feels like Ai Wewei will distract from the German artists at the Venice Biennial
... really? Sounds like Ai Weiei just distracted a German curator!
Brian Libby talks about the continuing restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House
... the only building by the architect in Oregon.
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