POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Photo: Edward Keating/Contact Press for New York Magazine
A pet peeve about the media frenzy surrounding Marina Abramovic’s soon to close show at MoMA: Heightened by the intense popularity of The Artist is Present, a work in which Marina invites sitters to stare with her for the length of time they determine, a hierarchy of experience is created.
1. The most valuable art experience: those who get a chance to sit in the chair and stare with her.
2. Lesser valuable art experience: Those who wait in line but never get a chance to sit with her. (People never say it’s less valuable, but I’m guessing most people would take the opportunity to sit with Marina over the opportunity to wait in line until it feels like you’re waiting for movie tickets).
I wonder if the artist originally intended supply and demand to so significantly inform the experience of her work.
Editor’s note: I’ve been trying not to let this blog be taken over by Marina Abramovic news, but it’s a uphill battle. Nearly every publication has several pieces on the show, as it will close in less than a week (on May 31st). There’s a lot of material out there to respond to, even though I’m growing weary of all the talk.