Monday, February 13, 2006

The National Post needs to hire me as a fact checker, soon.


I like it when the National Post covers art. I don't like it when they make sloppy errors. Contrary to what Ms. Dault writes in her second sentence, it is not "the first North American retrospective of the German artist's work," it is in fact something like the eighth. He has had shows Marian Goodman and Mary Boone in 1981 and 1982, across the US from 1987 to 1989 (which interestingly enough does not get listed on this CV) at the Met in 1998 a couple at Gagosian in 2000 and 2002.

Contrary to what she writes in the second paragraph the show is in fact going to four (not three) museums in North America, "Initially presented in fall 2005 in Forth Worth, it will next travel to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In the third paragraph she somehow forgets that Kiefer had a show at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, that according to the catalogue traced his development as an artist, or sure as shootin' sounds like "a major showing." According to my "checklist of works" furnished by the museum there are only 37 pieces in the show, not the "more than 50" that Ms. Dault claims still in paragraph three.

Four errors in three paragraphs, not a good track record.

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