Good luck reading about anything other than the New Museum on most blogs today. Since William Powhida’s Brooklyn Rail cover was unleashed last week, the New York Times has published three articles on the subject (two on their blog and one front page feature) and NYMagazine’s Jerry Saltz has chimed at Vulture.
Saltz is a little more cautious in damning the New Museum, rationing that he likes an unregulated art world and the New Museum is ultimately a force for good. I tend to agree with him on the latter point and have the sinking feeling this story is turning into a New York Museum Director witch hunt. From Modern Art Notes:
One other Campbell quote caught my eye: “Our trustees are not involved in any way in determining the exhibition program. All of our shows or the vast majority of our shows are proposed by the curatorial departments.” Really? Who other than the Met’s curators are proposing the Met’s exhibitions? Jean Bonna is not a Met trustee, did he propose his own show?
Bullying speculation such as this is uncalled for and has the potential to be very damaging. I can’t help but feel that the ultimate goal of constructive criticism is getting lost when there are bloggers seeking out scandal we’re not even sure exists.