“In the art world, there’s no such thing as climbing the ladder. You have to start at the top.” Lisa Adams tells us, quoting the words of Dave Hickey in the new twelve-part documentary Fritz. The series by AFC friend Benjamin Gonyo and co-conspirator Michael Martinez is divided into five to seven-minute segments and tracks a 70-year-old artist named Fritz, who’s hoping to make it in the art world. It is also a document about overcoming adversity. Fritz has a few handicaps; he’s past his prime, he is hearing impaired, he has a bad back. He hasn’t had much luck, much like the protagonists in other films similarly tracking unknown artists—Waiting for Hockney’s Billy Pappas being the most notable example.
Dave Hickey, by Dr. J Caldwell (Image courtesy of http://nasher.duke.edu)
Last Sunday, Stephanie Theodore tweeted a photo of a child resting on one of Donald Judd’s shelves at the Tate Modern, prompting a string of miffed tweets. The family has come forward to defend the child: “Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.” The Tate attests that “[t]he situation was dealt with immediately.” [Evening Standard via ArtUpdate]
Carolina Miranda writes an account of Dave Hickey’s talk Wednesday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He claimed there are no critics…to a room full of critics. He also bemoaned art school as a place where most teachers are “big fucking failures” and complained that identity politics has done little more for the art world than tribalize it. [C-Monster]
Triple Canopy’s membership drive ends today. Do it. Also submit a proposal for their 2014 program. [Triple Canopy]
Art in General’s curator Courtenay Finn has been appointed curator of the Aspen Art Museum. [Artforum]
President Obama told folks on the floor of a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that they can potentially make more with skilled manufacturing than you can with an art history degree. Now the CAA is upset, saying, “Humanities graduates play leading roles in corporations.” Guys, get a grip. We spend a lot of our days complaining about the slim prospects for arts majors. Obama’s not that far out of line. [CAA via: Hyperallergic]
You like art. You know nothing about it. Where to start?
How about our beginners art reading list! This list is for all the friends over the years who have asked me what they should read to learn about art and the art world. No one wants to flip through a text book to learn about art. You won’t have to, with these books.