“And the art world is having a quiet, collective Archimedes-eureka moment.” – Jerry Saltz

(don’t miss the complete article on art.net)

One of Jeff Koons' balloon dogs, a sculpture that would look good in a corporate lobby, shown at Versailles; photo by Newscom

One of Jeff Koons' balloon dogs, a sculpture that would look good in a corporate lobby, shown at Versailles; photo by Newscom

“But something has been happening of late. Large numbers of disconnected and discontented artists, gallerists and others have taken matters into their own hands, changing the directions of art, its structures and maybe its internal values.”

“After too much art that made too much sense, artists are operating blind again. They’re more interested in the possible than the probable, the private that speaks publicly rather than the public with no private side at all. Damien Hirst may be able to fill 11 galleries with spot paintings done by other people for other people. But this work doesn’t have any of the inner power channeled by Joanna Malinowska, staging a concert of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata played on toy pianos, then inviting over 100 viewers to howl like wolves for five minutes, mourning the fate of Native American prisoner Leonard Peltier.”

Jerry writes of a transitioning art world, “It remains to be seen whether high prices are the global warming of the art world, imperiling an entire ecosystem. Perhaps the planet will adapt. Perhaps not. But shouldn’t we be alarmed that one work by Murakami now costs more than masterworks by Constable, Courbet, Delacroix, Fuseli, Géricault, Ingres and Rubens combined?”

Click for the entire article by Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York magazine.

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~ by The Gallery Goddess on May 1, 2012.

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