Advice on art criticism from Jerry Saltz
This is why I love Facebook. Where else could I get career advice on art criticism from a guy who lives 1,778.6 miles away?
Cool. Whatever. The museum has to pay the bills. The lines were gargantuan. It wasn’t much worse than MoMA’s Tim Burton show a few years back.Then I got a “Make a Wish” request from a beautiful colleague of mine at NYM. Her mother is very sick and dying and wanted to see “The Rain Room.” She’s in a wheel chair and couldn’t wait in the long long MoMA lines to get in.After working with MoMA another beautiful person there arranged to come in early one morning at 8:30AM. She made sure there were guards there, and other security, safety, and insurance requirements. She had the entire “Rain Room” apparatus turned on and working.Before going to chemo-therapy this woman and her family showed up and we were allowed into the piece that morning all alone. For a full half-hour. We had an amazing time together.
This woman later wrote to tell me that this was “one of the beautiful things” she’d ever seen and that “it was one of the best days” of her life.
It made me think. Before we are ungenerous about our museums and their current problems we still have to stop and consider how many audiences these museums serve and how selfless are many of the folks who have the privilege of working there (for like no money, like all of us).
Art’s house has many mansions.
PS. But the Turrell really was cheesy.”
In smaller scenes if I “tell the truth” – within a year or two there will be almost no one left for me to commune with.
I will be a lone vampire.
All lone vampires die.
Vampires must commiserate with own kind; constantly.
V good point.
Applies to LA is some small way; the boosterism there.
Although it doesn’t NEED this boosterism; and would be stronger WITHOUT it.
LA is probably the strongest ARTIST-center in the US.
But the boosterism propagates ghettoizing and unnecessary protectionism.
Wish I’d have lived in LA for a decade of my live.”
It goes against nature. You need maximum diversity in a minimum amount of space.
In other words, CHOOSE your spots. Do NOT go after EVERYTHING. Pick well, grasshopper.
And love youth…. allow it in; it flushes the system continuously and will keep older vampires from feeding on one-another, rats, or themselves.
All kinds of love … … …”