Here are some straight forward answers about what can and cannot happen to works that are owned by the Detroit Institute of Arts
. Once again, selling works of art held in trust for the public to make token stabs at financial obligations is just a bad idea. Detroit's problems are larger than any art sale could satisfy.
Also in Detroit, MONA is putting on its own Documenta in an attempt to "void" all museums and "prove" them "invalid"
. Good luck with that, I think most institutions struggle to validate themselves rather than invalidate others. Nice to see some pretty ballzy language from an institution for a change though...
Brian Libby interviews Sergio Palleroni on the creation of PSU's groundbreaking Center for Public Interest Design
. This sort of advocacy/think-tank program is precisely what Portland had been missing for the past 50 years and it could become incredibly important for the next 50.
Jerry Saltz makes a great case for Jeff Koons as an artist
. Dont let the success fool you... Koons is for real
and that is the part that is worth freaking out about.
Christopher Knight on James Turrel's retrospective at LACMA
. Don't get me wrong, I think Turrel is a great artist but his woo-woo religious overtones always put me off. It comes off as a salesman's spiel... and not unlike Wilford Brimley talking about oatmeal. Basically, Turell always seems to be selling you something. That and I seriously doubt a crater of a volcano can be improved upon... for those reasons I'll always prefer Irwin and Wheeler. When you talk to Robert Irwin, he isn't trying to sell you a bridge... you've got his full attention.
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