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Tuesday 03.06.18

« First Thursday Picks March 2018 | Main | Mid March Links »

Early March Links

Internet artists infiltrate MoMA with a virtual reality exhibition among the Jackson Pollocks. Is virtual reality infiltration the new drip technique? nah... but it furthers the position of museums in the crossfire. Currently major institutional curators seem to be less skilled than they were 20 years ago and act simply middlemen who hire those with more expertise for specific shows. The problem with that is that museums require expertise to legitimize themselves and artists see a schism in this gig economy phenomenon. Why buy into something when you bypass the mid-level managers and exhibit directly on the internet or a VR overlay?

Team Gallery is done with art fairs... why? Long story short, they feel terrible. For quite some time art fairs have been dealing from a marked deck and if you dont like how its stacked why participate? A lot of smaller to mid level galleries have closed up as galleries all together as a new consultant class has developed to work in a more hidden way. This even more shadowy art world isnt exactly an improvement but at least Team is retaking his own scene and remaining a gallery to visit and experience.

Mondian's heirs claim a museum has stolen the artist's work. That said I just love these 4 paintings shown in series.

Olafur Elliason's Reality Projector looks like a must see... this is the sort of work that today's world is demanding... something that focuses and challenges perception. Im not always a fan of his work as he seems like a fun house Robert Irwin knockoff but this is a good direction. Still, is his work too ingratiating to measure up to his hero Irwin? In some ways I consider Anish Kapoor to be Irwin's heir.

An excellent Robert Ryman review. The writer gets poetic but understands the techniques that Ryman uses are inventive and rather playful. So many writers today make art less accessible by applying an academic jargon overlay... nothing is blunted so here. Nice to see lively art writing applied to the art.

The latest Trimet stabbing memorial designs are promising.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 06, 2018 at 5:11 | Comments (0)


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