Massive Links: Monday Edition!
Fia Backstrom at the Biennial, Let’s Decorate and Let’s Do It Professionally!
- Holland Cotter’s piece in the New York Times is generating quite a bit of response, both in conversations I’ve had offline and amongst online bloggers. I haven’t said too much on the show, since my review will go up at the L Magazine shortly, though I will say much of Holland Cotter’s review doesn’t match up with what I saw. “Art’s Economic Indicator” reads the title of a piece which puts forth the idea of a Biennial reflecting a recession-bound time. Cotter cites fewer participating artists and the use of humble materials as proof, though if anything I thought this year’s Biennial looked more like an art fair than any other. It’s particularly hard not to draw those connections at the Park Armory, each artist being assigned their own ill-suited room, the same way you’d experience art hung around a bunch of light fixtures in a hotel suite. Needless to say, I don’t think this is a good direction for the Whitney, even though it’s clearly modeled after the more successful Venice Bienniale which also has a separate space for the larger works.
- I know I’m more interested in Robert Smithson in light of the recent flurry of discussion about Spiral Jetty and proposed drilling nearby, so perhaps Behind the Enantiomorph: A Biographical Key to Robert Smithson’s References to Doubling-and to Death, a lecture given by Suzaan Boettger at Nurtureart. The talk will take place Saturday March 22nd at 4 pm. Link tip: Christopher Howard
- I suppose this is old news, but I went to the eyebeam reblog to see if there might be anything worth linking, and realized I had entirely stopped reading the site. Also, I got to the reblog by clicking on one of the four quadrants on their splash page, which reminded me how badly the site needs a redesign. I really do hope the organization addresses their web presence because new media artists really need to have effective organizations working on their behalf. After all, how many net artists did we see at this year’s Biennial? Zero. That’s how many.
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