January 29, 2006

In light of our recent discussion on context, both institutional and discursive, I highly recommend Roberta Smith's recent piece in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/13/arts/design/13deal.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5090&en=49836b23c539dcb1&ex=1294808400&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

And, for a disturbing point-of-view on the direction that performance/Dada/conceptual art might take, see http://membres.lycos.fr/pinoncelli/


Truly Herbert said...

I think it's interesting that this NY Times article does not even brush on the idea of online galleries and how the internet is changing what we think of as exhibition space. The article talks about "alternative" space, but really is focusing on examples that are very close to the standard model. It seems that the traditional idea of a gallery still reigns supreme, as noted toward the end of the article.

Dave Gustine said...

I think that the problem with recognizing the internet and other "alternative" spaces stems from the idea that to be an artist your work has to be recognized by a "legitamate" institution, such as a gallery or museum. There's no curitorial aspect involved in the internet, or Bansky-esque "if they don't give you a show why not just take one" theroy, so it takes control away from the institution of the art world. Which brings up an interesting question-what would happen if a curated art gallery opened exclusivly online?