It is finished.
We beat their old white male Republican asses before and we will beat them again. Barbara Kruger; 1985.
Early morning just walking; not talking.
Just walking; not talking.
Okay, let's get back down to business. I repost of my Whitney Biennial review and extended examination of toxic philanthropy, and off and on show, high-points and low. Link in my profile above. Thank you. I can't write if writing is without you. (Um, and clicking??!!!?! xoxo)
1945; May 15: Berlin Reichstag 74-years ago today.
Stay-tuned today - - I will be gassing-on about idiotic billionaires pushing prices of art ever higher, and of course the madness of the $90-million Koons “Rabbit” 💥 on NPR “All Things Considered”. I am told I am on in the first 35-minute hour starting at 4:00PM in the East. I’ll post this again with a link later if I fined one. (I can’t listen to myself talk so if you hear it tell me how I done.??) @Nymag @Vulture @riverheadbooks
Many of you loath Jeff Koons. I don't. (Most of the time.) For a possible way to look at Koons in the light of such disgusting prices now paid for his art, please read my review of his 2014 Whitney Museum retrospective: "Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds" ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ "Pretend Jeff Koons is a real artist and not some Howdy-Doody Teletubbie..." ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ *****Please click on the link in my profile. Give it a try; see what Jeff Koons was, what makes him so complicated. Or *made* him so complicated... Thank you. xo ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Image: Me last night with @EricDoeringer “Rabbit” at his equally epic exhibition at 507 West 27th St. “Christy’s” wherein he remakes many of the trophies fobbed-off on the suits by @Christie’s last night. Brought to you by the equally important @AHugFromTheArtWorld
The odious alchemy whereby a work of art is made to no-longer exist as it is turned into a number-price by idiotic white billionaires and all those suits who applaud as the feat is accomplished. They pay in blood; but not their own. Burn down the mission. These people are the Death Star Of art. Someone said Robert Mnuchin may have bought it. The Turd doesn’t fall far from the tree, if so. To a once great work of art that exists no longer.
Please click on the link in my profile for a (long) (but important??) review of: ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ "The New uneven Whitney Biennial Made Me See Art History in a New Way" By Jerry Saltz ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ "...Yet for a Biennial with so much diversity in who is being shown, there’s an enervating lack of formal innovation... A number of inclusions are so generic and proper they become placeholders..." ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Image: Nicole Eisenman, others..... 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Help a critic out: Click. Xo PS. And please note the second image by deaf-artist Christine Sun Kim. Part of a very powerful series of six drawings.
A Greek agate ring from 250BCE. The elegance of the poses, the way the figures fill space, the delicacy and clarity of the line - opening up into infinity.
For anyone interested in visiting gallerist Mary Boone in Danbury Federal Prison - visitor’s form.
Goodnight from Indian gauche “A man ejaculating, while holding a bird-trap on a bamboo pole to catch flying vaginas.” Or please caption???? h/t @more_whores_of_yore
Just got back from the Kings Landing Biennale. The Red Keep pavilion was the bomb! Sort of a preview of how the Trump presidency ends.
Good morning from the most common form of painting in the world - *all* done by women, tens of millions a day - the kōlam. Made from rice flour the kōlam is made using only the artist’s fingers drizzling the material always in symmetrical geometric abstract forms on the doorways of homes and spaces in India. The kōlam are visual prayers, and are walked over all day every day, and gone by day’s end. The woman wakes before dawn the next day and makes this (always different) visually advanced form again. They are what art is for. Proof that art is not just for *looking at* - but that art is intended to *do something*. Have a daily practice. With internal purpose. You will know the *uses* of art then. You will become phosphorescent as an artist.
R.I.P. Thomas Nozkowski; 1944 - 2019. Painter of new knowledges, unnamed flowings, color of the poet's mind, purpose, dulcet form, cadences of space, little grippings, a visibility of thought.
I still love that the art-world shows up for these cattle-call convocations to touch antennae and exchange the new pheromones. It takes *gamers* to make an art-world - people who brave their bashfulness and *show up*. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ PS. I loved Massimiliano Gioni’s “Encyclopedia Palace.”
Last Saturday - Lecturing 5th-graders on Jeff Koons' "Rabbit" lit like a visitor from outer-space @ChristiesInc resale palace - for $70 million to whatever sucker/fake-master-of-the-universe shells out beaucoup bucks for this market "icon" - once a powerful sculptural talisman - and maybe again one-day when we all dance on the grave of this money-madness bad-faith buying. Now, it's a wrecking ball from the dark-side and the belly-of-the-beast. PS. I asked the kids “Would you want this in your apartment?” They all said “Not really.” ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ PSS. What an insane way to show a work of art - The light is a drain for most of the work’s former power. All that remains is the price. The rest is gossip.
All this #metball stuff by an essentially dead magazine.
Installation at @themuseumofmodernart of Jennifer Bartlett’s epic 987-panel wrap-around enamel-on-steel plates 1975-76 epic masterpiece “Rhapsody “. It begins with a single dot in the upper left hand plate and becomes a landscape, a self-generating proto-computer, a symphony, weather systems, a world. See it before MOMA closes for five-months. (Fantastic to think how Robert Gober’s “Slides for a Changing Painting” Groat almost directly from this. He saw the work when he worked at @paulacoopergalleryarchive ) PS. @robertasmithnyt wrote a great book on this painting. Xo
“I’m the Donald Trump of the Art World,’ painter Sean Scully Says “ You want the truth? Scully’s work is about having soft taste and repetitious pseudo-Romanticism. Even KAWS is better. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ The Scully quote, of course, is from the excellent @artnet @kennyschachter take-down.
Big birds flying across the sky, throwing shadows on our eyes. Leave us helpless. 23-million years ago. #Argentavis #Miocene
Please click on the link in my profile above for a link to my 2018 "A Modest Proposal: Break the Art Fair". It's all only gotten worse. Much worse. It's gotten boring. (You don't even have to go to the big fairs (and pay $60.00 !!!). If you don't go you will *still* know *exactly* what was on view, who showed it, what it looked like, etc. Young artist's work now starts at $40,000 to $60,000. WTF! This work should be $7,000 - $12,000.) It's a broken system folks. Yet, it's the only one that still gets *any* money into the hands of artists and galleries right now. (All the way down the chain.) As for all the big Fairs: I conclude that since the system now benefits those at the top so well, let them pay for it!. ... tangled up in blue. (The piece is long - so at least read the first few paragraphs- and then let it stay on your phone/computer so @nymag bean-counters at least think people are reading their idiot art critic - and don’t fire me. Xox
This stone hand ax was made 150,000 years ago by another species, Neanderthal. The ax is formed with two or three different tools. The materials/tools used to work these axes were often not indigenous to the area where the ax was made or found. It is probable that different groups traded different materials and tools along regular trade routes. Pigment has also been found on some of these edges. The pigment too comes from an entirely area. Neanderthal had a fairly sophisticated material culture. Made rings - as well. Consider that rings and axes could not have come me from previous species. Which means that they had to conceive of and invent the idea of “ring”, “musical instrument,” “decoration “, tools. This beauty is now at #Tefaf - at Cahn Gallery, from Basel. Feel I could be complete with one of these. Xoxo 💋
Please click on the link to see this 4:00 min 2017 video of me at #FriezeFair "How to Navigate the New York Frieze Fair." (See me and Swizz Beats. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ The New York Frieze Fair was shining like a national guitar...
Kind of a great morning ferryboat ride today going to @friezeartfair #RedGrooms #friezeartfair
Getting my blood work taken. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ I have bad Lyme Disease - my third bout, this one from one walk in the winter woods, unaware that climate change has brought a hardier breed of tick that means there is no longer any dormant Lyme tick season. Bad pain in all joints; legs and shoulders always burning (in sleep too). Starting second cycle of anti-biotic and taking Excederine Extra Strength for the pain. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Criticism Never Sleeps though so haven’t stopped writing at all and will muscle through six-hours at the opening of the @friezeartfair Also, I am speaking at Frieze Friday- if you’re up for it. Nothing special. Me blabbing. I will be better I am sure. But this is real hell. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ So if you see me spare a thought for the hard-working critic, say a prayer for their work, say Hi no matter what but do not make me stand up if I am resting. And ALL DEALERS: DO NOT do your sales pitch on me in your galleries. I am old enough to look on my own. I like being said Hi” to - but Please please please don’t make me run away from your booths. (A lot of you know who you are.) I hate it a lot. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ I hope a lot of artists and galleries make money tomorrow - the good, the bad and the very bad ones. I want all artists to make money. And galleries are free and where much new art comes from.
Link in my profile to “Venice Biennial” Curator Ralph Rugoff is placing his trust in the art of the present in ways that too many curators have avoided of late. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Please read this very short piece. Tell me if you think there’s a grain of truth here. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ (This is not for every show by any means. Just here; just now.)
Good morning from the day after “Game of Thrones” Battle of Winterfell. “Not. Fucking. Today”. “The Aeolian Islands”; 14th cen.
Who is going to die tonight on “Game of Thrones”? 🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪 In addition to a number of secondary characters (Beric Dondarrion, Dolorous Edd, etc.), I say get readyto say goodbye to: Brienne of Tarth Varys Podrick Payne Theon Greyjoy I hope not Grey Worm - I thought this former slave should end up ruling the entire Dothraki Kingdom along with former slave Missandei. You????! .................. Josh Smith; “This Way”; 2019. At @davidzwirner
Goodnight from Queen, 1974. Please caption?? 👸 👸 👸 #DynamiteWithALaserBeam ?
Hey!! Thank you to Germany’s great (‼️) SZ Magazin of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany‘s biggest daily quality newspaper - for putting @robertasmithnyt and me on the cover of this special issue and the amazing eight-page article. Link to the magazine (in German) is in my profile. Hey Germany: Wenn Sie es bauen, werden wir kommen. Thank you. Art First; All Else Follows. Wonderful pics by @PhilipMontgomery
Five Jobs I’ve Had: 1. Golfball picker-upper at driving range. 2. Dishwasher at restaurant 3. Museum Guard 4. Gallery preparator. (Hid in back room; got high; took 3-hr. breaks, went to movies, stole stuff) 5. Long-distance truck driver. (10-yrs.) Bonus: Limo driver. You?????
Describe Your Studio Visit from Hell. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ What went wrong - with the work, the visitor, with you, what was said. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ How exactly did it affect you. (Crap‼️ I left out the second I in visit. These signs are really hard to make actually. Differ t skill set between writing-spelling-drawing the letters. Weird.)
Please (🙏🙏) click on the link in my profile above for: “MAGA: An American Swastika: Andres Serrano Creates a Walk-In Tour of MAGA’s Morphology and a Mirror in which We Appear.” ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ Jerry Saltz Senior Art Critic; New York Magazine
Happy Easter. Edvard Munch; “The Empty Cross”, 1899. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ From @MunchMuseum
Happy Easter. (“Jesus Ascending to Heaven”; 1425)
Trump and Rush Limbaugh today. Six wives between them, one drug conviction, two Birthers, both over 70-years old. Please caption?? #SpawnOfRupertMurdoch
Another artist "forbidden" in Modernism's party-line lineage: Jared French “Murder” (1942). See signs of totalitarianism, homophobia, white nationalisms, ancient hatred, tribalisms, Christianity, Classicism, the American landscape of the West and more. Part of @jarrettearnest recent “The Young and the Evil “ at @davidzwirner