Paul Goldberger asks if the new World Trade Center construction can fill the void
? He's right that none of the buildings being put up are all that noteworthy on their own and it is a shame that Libeskind did not get to do the signature tower. To me the failure to do something truly inspiring was the exact moment that I realized New York had lost its edge over all other cultural cradles. In fact, I think it is harder to be great there now... not that it isn't possible... just harder (which isn't always a bad thing).
Hyperallergic thinks that the NADA art fair has grown up
. That sounds like a good thing but is it? That is just a question that I don't have an answer for yet, ask me in a few years.
Gavin Brown on why the art and fashion world do and don't "get" each other
. My theory is that they are too close... almost like sibling rivals for cultural resources and attention. They often need a cousin like music stars as an intermediary (David Bowie would be THE greatest of them all).
Art Info on the success and failure of Gutai
. The recently closed exhibition on the mercurial movement was the best thing I saw in New York last month. Why? It had a freedom and willingness to try new things that seemed utterly missing in most of the galleries.
Saul Osterow's excellent essay on Tedd Stamm and Alan Uglow's paintings
is a good read. His focus on the importance of difference and intuition is key to understanding this sort of work, Stamm's show at Boesky was fantastic and one of the highlights of my recent visit to Chelsea.
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