It’s Friday and we’ve got a lot of deadlines around here, so there’s not going to be much in the way of write ups on the blog. I do however have a few links to hold you over the weekend.
- “Nothing irks the crotchety corpse of the Protestant ethic quite like a massive public expenditure on art” writes S.C. Squibb before suggesting a lack of appreciation for the experience of art lies beneath Olafur Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfall critics. He’s right of course, particularly in the case of Eliasson, who’s work specifically investigates art as experience. I do wish however, he had cited the opinions of a foolish critic discussing something other than Christo and Jeanne Claude’s Gates if only because I HATED that piece. I wasn’t writing at the time the public work was executed so I never expressed my feelings that while, yes, it’s art, the accomplishment of turning Central Park into a county fair for a short period of time certainly places it amongst their lesser works.
- NYTimes interviews Olafur Eliasson on the waterfalls. It’s a fantastic video.
- I have two amputees standing before me…kinda. Rich Juzwiak on the BBC’s latest reality television show, Britians Missing Top Model, a reality show in which disabled models compete for a photo spread and agency representation.
- Holland Cotter on the Louise Bourgeois retrospective at the Guggenheim, “…[Her] career doesn't fit the standard learning curve of developmental progress. If anything, it is an example of antiprogress, a process of doing, then undoing, rethinking and revisiting. Over the show's 60-year span Ms. Bourgeois doesn't get “better” as much as she gets different.”
- Anyone interested in auditioning for Project Runway? If so, send me an email, and I’ll pass your information along.