Saturday, September 18, 2004

Old Stuff #2


It appears that at the beginning of the month I had a little too much time on my hands. There are at least 50 articles that I bookmarked, so that I could comment on them here. Josef Joffe (publisher and editor of the German weekly Die Zeit) wrote, way back then, in the International Herald Tribune about attendance figures and then combined that with what people thought about the art shown, and how it plays in the US vs. Europe (or more precisely Germany).

One of the tastier lines is:

The opening shots were fired in February by the critic of the distinguished German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Without having seen the collection, he aimed his volley not so much against MoMA as against imperial America. Regurgitating a piece of European Kulturkritik as old as the American republic itself, this critic insinuated that what America has in the way of culture is not haute and what is haute is not American.

Or if you don't want to read the article, a show organized by MOMA in Berlin will have been seen by 1.2 million people. Apparently this makes it popular. But the critics (those who know stuff) think the show sucks, even though they never saw it.

Gawd! I love the art business!

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