Survey Says!

by Art Fag City on September 3, 2008 Events

Mark Handleman, Nurnberg, 1937, 2006, Oil on canvas, 132 x 132 inches

Artinfo’s art world insider survey asks Helen Allen, Melissa Chiu, Leigh Conner, Katelijne de Backer, Renato Danese, Zach Feuer, RoseLee Goldberg, Alexis Hubshman, Olga Korper, Marilyn Minter, Sundaram Tagore, and Ray Waterhouse three questions:

  1. What are you looking forward to in the coming season?
  2. What do you predict will be the year's big trend?
  3. Who will be the new directors of the Guggenheim and the Met?

A lot of dealers have given an answers to the second question like, “a more discerning art market”, or a “return to connoisseurship”, which puts a rather positive spin on Marilyn Minter’s response, “The future of the art world? Ha! More of the same, only less money.” None of these are really predictions of course, but rather observations of the current state of the art world. According to this survey biennials, pluralism, and global markets are big as well.

As for my own predictions, while I’ve got little by way of guesses on who will be the new director at the Met or the Guggenheim, (it seems Richard Armstrong will end up at the latter), I can at least make a few notes on the first two questions.  On the subject of what I’m looking forward to this year, to be quite frank, there are far fewer Fall shows to have piqued my interest than there were this time last September.  With that said, as you’ll note in my side bar, amongst other exhibitions, I’m looking forward to video artist Jordan Wolfson’s, Untitled False Document at The Swiss Institute, which opens next Tuesday. Further along in the future, I’m excited about Marc Handleman’s upcoming show this winter at Sikkema Jenkins.

As far as my own predictions on trends go, I expect we’ll a lot more Madonna, Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears on the Internet, and a little bit less of these characters in art making practices. Critical pop culture art is old news.

Artinfo story via: Edward Winkleman

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