POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Collin Lafleche, At School, 2007, (from the series, “Right After”), photograph
A few additional thoughts from commenters on the never-ending discussion on The New Museum’s decision to exhibit the collection of Trustee Dakis Joannou. Many, including myself, think the show represents a conflict of interest.
On a related subject, I would like to reiterate a position I hold in opposition to that of Jerry Saltz: I don’t like that the art world is unregulated. Unregulated markets create environments where forces of good have to capitulate to a system that isn’t always operating in the best interests of art. I realize this may seem glassy eyed, but regulation doesn’t have to represent irreparable damage.
In other related news, Two Coats of Paint reports that a series of comments published on Jerry Saltz’s facebook page attacking blogger Tyler Green for his “idealistic dream of a conflict-free art world” were deleted. I’m not sure how this happened, but it presents yet another case for moving these comments to a blog. Facebook simply isn’t designed to be used as a publishing platform.
One final note on the bickering that’s irrupted as of late: While I have at times found blogger Tyler Green’s tone needlessly aggressive, the response has been much more troubling. As a result I’m going to let this story simmer down and will slow our coverage for the next couple of days.