Mary Corse Untitled (White Inner Band, Beveled), 2008
The Pacific Standard Time trickle down has begun. Just got an email that Mary Corse was picked up by Lehmann Maupin in New York. As far as I know she was only represented by Ace Gallery (OMG Douglas Chrismas is making SO much money off of this) and Lehmann Maupin? Solid win.
I wonder who is next? Are our local favorites going to be as popular and widespread as minimalist favorites Donald Judd and Dan Flavin? I’m very interested in seeing how this plays out for Southern California artists over the next 5 years. Besides the immediate auction price boosts, I predict retrospectives for DeWain Valentine, John Baldessari, Robert Irwin (at a museum somewhere other than San Diego) and more international interest in including such artists in group shows. I wonder if this will also increase focus on some of the younger Southern California artists, while they might not be as a cohesive of a group, I think that people will start to recognize that this is a very creative and artistic hub with a different perspective than say NY or Berlin.* I have a feeling that people, collectors, curators, dealers, et al. will not want to miss this train…again.**
*BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS!!!
**WHY IS DOUG CHRISMAS ALWAYS AHEAD OF THE GAME!!! I mean seriously!? He recognized this in it’s infancy. Say what you want, but that man is too brilliant at recognizing and nurturing talent.
This is an interesting story about conservation issues with contemporary minimalist sculptures touching on the difficulty of handling some pieces when the artist is no longer with us.
I saw a piece of his at the Denver Museum of Art and I think they did the piece justice. I wonder if Ballentine would agree?
Because who doesn’t wonder what Donald Judd read (or didn’t read), the Judd Foundation has launched a cool online toy: An accounting of the 13,004 books in Donald Judd’s Marfa library (10,718 of them unique with the rest being duplicates). A Judd Foundation press release says that the project took 3,500 hours to complete. (The library is part of 'The Block' in downtown Marfa.)
The site is fun to click around — at least if you use Google Chrome (I couldn’t get it to work in Firefox 3.6). A map provides the visitor with a way to click on individual shelving units (at right, with a Judd in the background). You can then zoom in on single shelves, each of which features a little red tab that tells you what the books are about. For example: The top shelf on the right features books about Asia. When I clicked on it I discovered that one of the books is titled “Erotic Arts of Asia” and that its shelved (or is it “installed?”) next to “Oriental Architecture.”