Monday, April 23, 2012
Saltz plays it Safer
Saltz speaks of change in his article "Reject the Market. Embrace the Market.- Eight young artists whose work the critic believes breathes new liveliness into a frustrating system"
Of all eight artists, none are uninitiated; in fact they are all very much insiders so the "liveliness" Saltz is siting should be likened to the St. Vitus dance. Two are from Canada gallery, one from Mitchell-Innes & Nash, one sanctioned by MoMA PS1 and one from Elizabeth Dee no less. Liz Magic Laser's work is politically heavy and dated and Marie Lorenz's piece was done way back in 2006 (hardly fresh in art world time) Throwing in the older artist Bjarne Melgaard from Olso was a nice touch though but was certainly for effect; as was the tricky splicing of Mike Kelly with Alex Israel. uhg!
What is far more interesting than this depressing attempt at art world resuscitation is Jerry's assessment of art the fairs in which he gave an overview that was essentially the same as Morley Safer's 60 Minute piece on which Saltz unleashed fire and brimstone -Jerry's confessional spirit doesn't make this section any less hypocritical either- He sums it all up in writing of the art fairs: "most of the time I see bad art, or see nothing at all..."
Posted by Justin Town