Richard Misrach. Image via the National Gallery of Art
- Tyler Green complains that the Amy Sillman show at the Hirshhorn was Sikkema Jenkins 2.0 and is now upset that the National Gallery’s Richard Misrach show is worse because most of it was already exhibited at Pace Wildenstein in 2004. So what? Even if all the work appears courtesy of the artist, which admittedly is a little like advertising that work is for sale, a) it’s not like we haven’t seen this before (see: Matthew Barney at the Guggenheim in 2001), and b) it doesn’t diminish the quality of the work. Misrach‘s beach work is worthy of a museum show, and the exhibition is likely to appeal to a large audience. To my mind, Green’s stance looks awfully elitist.
- In last weeks news, a guard who decided he didn’t like Vija Celmin’s painting Night Sky at the Carnegie International and destroyed it with his keys. He says he’s sorry.
- This looks great: Women in the City is an exhibition of reimagined pubic works organized by Emi Fontana now up in L.A. All of the work in the show is made by women.
- “Just because I'm writing about something doesn't necessarily mean that I'm recommending it” wrote Jen Bekman last year, after a friend questioned her on the use of a Chris Jordan photograph. I know it’s a little late to chime in on this, but I’d like to second that observation. Also, to add to that, every image and art link I post on this blog is not necessarily a representation of what I think is that artist’s best work. I tend to say so when it is. Factors that inform my image choice often boil down to; format (horizontal images look best in my current blog design), what’s been on AFC recently, convenience, and personal interest. As a result I like posting jpegs of Star Trek, toilets, all things Batman and Robin, unicorns and porn more than the average person.