My three sentence post expressing indecision and skepticism over Joe Bradley’s latest show at Canada has knotted a Peres Projects knicker. “Joe Bradley´s shows keep NY bloggers japing,makes 1 wonder if bloggers in NY just like to hear themselves talk or are simply not so %§?&/#?” Javier Peres asks over twitter before following up with a link to Art Fag City’s post Thursday.
Relax people. It’s okay to go into a gallery, not be sure what you think about a show and say as much. This is what people do when they want to start conversations (or as Peres describes it, “hear themselves talk”). It’s not a review, it’s just a discussion on a blog. As it happens, said discussion worth taking a look at; there’s some significant commentary on the show on that thread.
Not to state the obvious, but conversation is good for the art world. Art history isn’t made up of sets of irrefutable facts put into place by critics and curators nor is it a result of the work of a few geniuses working in isolation. It’s a lineage constantly re-evaluated by those claiming a stake in this field. We don’t have to have all the answers right away, we simply need to be willing to work towards them.