I've been making the rounds to a lot of galleries and polishing up several think pieces. Till those are ready (soon) here are some links:
The Venice Biennale is a kind of barometer for the art world but to my eyes it still seems to be stuck in the past with a lot of the disaster porn art we've been accustomed to... so much some are calling it the we_are_all_gonna_die-ennial
though its aim was for ambiguity (I believe uncertainty is a better subject, splitting hairs but it is important). This Rugoff curated affair has the same kind of failure fetish we have grown accustomed to for a decade+ (it is kind of Rugoff's thing). At least it is more timely than a glitz-ennial, which would be wrong as would a woke-ennial. Still the choice of raw plywood (a favorite with every MFA class) is tired as can be (The MoMA Judd retrospective will expose all pretenders). Here are some more tours
but what I see is a certain stagnant malaise with a longing to escape it. Perhaps that's my curse... I always insist on finding something with a fresh edge rather than some convenient failure to fetish. It is out there, but one has to be looking to see it. What's the U2 lyric, "some places have to be believed to be seen." Right now there is a kind of fetish of fatalism (often accompanied with some quote or footnote by Joan Retallack) that's always playing the victim in a coded and lame way. It has the sound of settling about it and its too easy a look to achieve. *Update:
I like Matthew Collings VB take
. Too many want to dismiss the inconvenient mechanics that make the world what it is today (worse than it should be) and simply like what is mildly denunciatory.
All that said, the odd things they approve of, this Breugel book and exhibition seems like a good rejoinder
for those who aren't dead inside or still have a healthy habit of intellectual curiosity.
Why did this pioneering trustee leave LACMA
? See comments about lame anti-intellectual mode mastering trends in the art world. The man had an edge and an understanding.
The excellent painter and favorite among those in the know Thomas Nozkowski has died
. Here is a wonderful video of what it was like to go hiking with him.
Hiking with Thomas Nozkowski from Casimir Nozkowski on Vimeo.
Last but not least, Oregon's arts funding for the Oregon Arts Commission is still under threat... take action.
Considering the immense amount of economic activity in Oregon it seems unconscionable that arts funding is facing cuts.
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