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Friday 05.22.15

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Friday Links: Great Artist Edition

We will have an essay and reviews for you soon but till then here are some exciting links about all time great artists. It isn't in vogue amongst academics but "Greatness" does exist (museums still hold the banner for this crucial idea) and these artists all are exemplars.

Judd_100_alu.jpgat Chinati (c) Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, NYC (photo Jeff Jahn)

The long anticipated Judd Retrospective at MoMA has finally been announced for Fall 2017. Judd is a crucial figure, partly for how he changed the terms under which we experience art and define ideal circumstances. His influence is so wide that most artists after him have had to contend with his rigor, logic, methods and integrity. In 2010 I helped organize a conference and co-curated a very unique Judd exhibition that explored his radical application of delegated fabrication. That conference and exhibition in Portland began an important return to the core discussions around Judd's work, something which had been obscured partly by ubiquity and forces in the art market.

Finally a film about Eva Hesse. One of the many things I like about her work is the way her isn't about her vulnerability as a woman. It is about the vulnerability of art. I suspect one of the reasons female artists always play second fiddle in terms of galleries, museum shows and auction records is the way female vulnerability is fetished and obliquely referenced to in the work. Not Hesse, her work makes the point that all art is vulnerable up front... removing the gender roles so she can get at the peculiarities of Art's requirements to operate. She expanded upon what Judd did in completely different directions. Directions that her untimely death and fragile work have partly kept from being explored more thoroughly in the still very dude-centric art world.

Taking the long view on Michael Heizer's work. In many ways he is the preeminent contemporary artist of the True West. Interesting that he is engaging New York again as in many ways his innovation was the way he outgrew the scale of New York City. That's right, Heizer outgrew the scale of New York City... he'd use a comet or asteroid if he could.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on May 22, 2015 at 11:38 | Comments (0)


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