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Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Art is individualism, and individualism is
a disturbing and disintegrating force.
There lies its immense value.
For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type,
slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and
the reduction of man to the level of a machine.”
-Oscar Wilde (The Soul of a Man Under Socialsim, 1891) {Liberty-Tree}

“The discipline is going into the studio and moving materials around,” he says. “Then I back off, suspend critical judgment, and just let things happen.”

Chris Martin (Elle Decor Interview)

The best explanation of the art market may be that it is inexplicable, which is one reason its alchemy continues to fascinate and capture headlines. In no other market do we lavish wealth on such useless and arbitrary things. Advanced systems of trade that are usually the facilitators of market intelligence—international public auctions and historical price indexes—only offer a false sense of comprehension while further distorting art’s valuation.

-James Panero (New Criterion)

What about the risks inherent in debuting a new and unfamiliar virtual fair model at a time when the art market is still in an uncertain state?
“I think this model will work in an upmarket as well as in a downmarket. The market is tougher presently, and this event enables the collector who is working that much harder to maintain his or her own business to have the ability to still be engaged in an art fair experience and in the art world. I think I speak for all dealers when I say we are all working to expand our horizons and want to build our client base. There is that kind of excitement now. David Zwirner was the first dealer to sign on as an exhibitor in this fair. He said to me that it was interesting because his father, the dealer Rudolph Zwirner, started the Art Cologne fair, and the dealer Ernst Beyeler spearheaded Art Basel, and there was a team of New York dealers who started the Gramercy Hotel Fair which became the Armory Show. So in a sense, this new fair I am doing is a fair that has been designed by a dealer for dealers. Its emphasis is on being a platform for galleries and finding ways to best highlight their programs and the credibility of what they are doing.

-James Cohan interview (Artinfo)

Art education in this country, along with modern notions of art and the aesthetic, seek to cultivate new forms of consciousness in the passive receiver, inevitably emphasizing the division between the enlightened expert/artist and the ignorance of the student/viewer…In a way, art departments must become the “conscience of the art world” – and universities the conscience of our broader social context. Criticality and an educated public opinion is necessary for democracy to function and for social change to occur – according to educational theorist John Dewey, “education is a regulation of the process of coming to share in the social consciousness; and that the adjustment of individual activity on the basis of this social consciousness is the only sure method of social reconstruction.”

Sue Bell (Social Practice)