Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Work of (F)Art


http://nymag.com/arts/cultureawards/2011/museums-as-playgrounds/

Now Jerry Saltz has gone and done it too. Following in the grand footsteps of Mr. Adam Lindemann ne Asshole and Charles Saatchi, Jerry has gone and entered into the 'Art should be pure!' mode of critique. Which is really starting to sound like blah blah blah I'm a middle-aged straight white schlubby man and why won't Nate Lowman return my phone calls. There is no longer room at the Inn for everyone. Or maybe there is and that's the problem.

Let's dissect Jerry's piece in NY Magazine. Let's!

J’accuse museums of bullshit! Of ­bogusly turning themselves into smash-hit consumer circuses, box-office sensations of voyeurism and hipster showbiz.

Here, let's replace 'museums' with Work of Art, Jerry's hit Bravo reality competition show.

Many museums are drawing audiences with art that is ostensibly more entertaining than stuff that just sits and invites contemplation. Interactivity, gizmos, eating, hanging out, things that make noise—all are now the norm, often edging out much else.

Here, let's replaces 'many museums' with Work of Art, Jerry's hit Bravo reality competition show.

It’s arty junk food, It would be impossible to imagine anyone getting anything from these works, except briefly distracted, It’s a vacuous vicious circle, ostensible populism masquerading as collectivity, They no longer serve art

Hmmmm... is Jerry talking about museums or Work of Art his hit Bravo reality competition.

The Interlopere: Crystal Bridges Spares No One.

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