Brian Libby takes a look at the still not fully complete Schnitzer Center for Arty and Design, PNCA's new base of operations
. The opening is just a couple of weeks away.
The Prada Foundations new exhibition spaces, designed by Rem Koolhaas will display contemporary art and antiquities together
. Not a new idea but considering that Prada is a tastemaker it is the details that will be worth paying attention to.
Glass is the art world's "buzziest new matereial?
" Yes since like 2008! Or 1908? Though I think this exhibition hit the nail on the head better
, it was about glass and glass-like materials... not simply glass.
The Guardian asks if art can still shock
? As a Baudelairean advocate... yes of course it can. The difference is the way we process and discuss "shock" now. Look at Amy's Review of The Enclave
or this interesting show full of decapitations
. The problem isn't the art... its viewers who cant distinguish between empathy and sympathy which this essay discusses
. Empathy involves understanding, sympathy is cheaper and more knee jerk. Sympathy doesn't last, empathy changes you and THAT is where lasting shock/changes comes from. Shock comes from understanding things from a viewpoint that you haven't considered... it is very possible but in a world that where the feedback loop caters to your already identified interests it is harder to achieve. It is why Great Art is important. It places different and inexhaustible demands upon your comprehension.
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