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I feel like I need hydeordie to explain this to me or at least explain the part why I have not heard of this yet at all. Is this completely illegitimate and shady, or is everyone so far up their ass in the art world that they can’t be bothered to learn about a MASSIVE complex that just opened up right under their noses?
Holy shit! I didn’t know about this either, I was going to go to sleep but now I’m going down an internet k-hole to find out about this Mana dude.
“I think people find the art industry impregnable and alienating and run by a group of self-regarding élites, basically, and possibly the idea that there is a route around them and maybe also a route towards the enjoyment of paintings that doesn’t have to be brokered by the opinion of another élite that support that élite. And there is a certain honesty in something that says, ‘I’m a fake; take me or leave me. If you don’t like me, that’s fine, if you do like me that’s even better.’”—Convicted art forger John Myatt
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced plans this month to build a new wing spanning Wilshire Boulevard.
What, I have thoughts about this? Who would have guessed it!
Reasons I think they dropped this nugget:
Funding for existing building.
If they do get funding for this new tower, they publicly said they want Gehry creating extra pressure on him if he turns it down, he’ll look like a bad guy.
Gehry is 85 and doesn’t have a tower in LA…this could be the opportunity if the $$ is raised.
LACMA is so hot right now.
I feel like it’s safer to feel out ideas like this in the summer, news is slower, reactions are slower. Put out the feelers to see how the public feels with less consequences than if you did it in say, September.
Reasons I think this is just a nugget and not much more:
Easily a 10 year project, as I said, Gehry is 85.
There’s the money raised for the Zumthor expansion, can they raise that much more? It’s easily a $500 million project.
Zumthor and Gehry working tangentially? Suuuurrrreeeeee.
Not only the subway but also the Academy Museum going up? That is a LOT of construction to have going in your vicinity simultaneously. Seems hectic and unsustainable if you want visitors also.
Just feels like an “Oh, I’ll drop my wish list while I’m in everyone’s good graces” type of a nugget more than a “this is my game plan” statement. Very Koons at LACMA-esque. Not that that is a bad thing…we all need to dream big.
Side thought: Do you think Michael Govan has a Pinterest board and what is on it? Bet it’s awesome.
Instagram Mini-Marathon with Hans Ulrich Obrist will be a panel event during which invited artists and special guests will discuss how Instagram has provided a space for sharing and exploring their own ideas and practices as well as those of others. We hope these observations will facilitate an engaging discussion about the way in which Instagram functions as a single platform for different creative approaches and collapses the vast variety of impulses for and meanings of posts into one specifically undefined, unbounded space.
Emphasis mine because that’s just trolling, right?
Above all, it should contain a sense of time and space. It’s easy enough to find basic information about a work of art; I read art criticism to learn about someone’s singular experience with it. Tell me how the temperature altered it, or what the light brought out. Ultimately, art criticism should be, by equal measures, grounding (context, history, etc.) and transporting.
And, of course, judgment— it’s perfunctory, but necessary. It should always be present, even if the final verdict is ambivalence. A review without judgment is just a press release.
“Just when it looked as if the 80′s were finally over, Jeff Koons has provided one last, pathetic gasp of the sort of self-promoting hype and sensationalism that characterized the worst of the decade.”—
“Architecture, however, is a social art, rather than a personal one, a reflection of a society and its values rather than a medium of individual expression. So it’s a problem when the prevailing trend is one of franchises, particularly those of the globe-trotters: Renzo, Rem, Zaha and Frank. It’s exciting to bring high-powered architects in from outside. It flatters a city’s sense of self-importance, and fosters the perception of a place as a creative hotbed. But in the long run it’s wiser to nurture local talent; instead of starchitects, locatects.”—
I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Obviously, not a broad generalization of globally recognized architects (here’s looking at you Richard) but a sense of urban continuity is vital and when unacknowledged, is straight disrespectful.