Had the most pleasant gallery viewing today. The weather was cold, wet and otherwise miserable. Which meant there was hardly anyone in the galleries.
A must see is the Ad Reinhard exhibit (November 7 - December 18, 2013) at David Zwirner, 537 West 20 Street. Museum quality survey of his black paintings, his cartoons and slide show. 3 shows in one, with 3 different experiences. 1: Paintings that reveal themselves through a slow, quiet, meditative visual read. 2: Laugh out loud super complex comics and jokey illustrations. 3: Time-based travelogue, slide projection.
Once in a lifetime exhibit. Must see more than once.
Went back to the Serra exhibits. Even better the second time. Felt entirely different from what I had remembered. Noticed that he spot welded some of Inside/Outside’s curved sections, but I didn’t hold that against him.
Currently there seems to be two views of Serra.
1. His work exists in a realm of his own making, and he’s at the top of his game. He can do any thing he wants with metal.
2. All right already, he mastered the metal, we get it. Can he please move on to something else? His early work was more influential.
Does anyone have a problem with the fact that estates are cranking out the work of dead artists?
Went to the "Brancusi in New York" exhibit at Paul Kasmin. Small polished bronzes in an intimate setting. A jewel like exhibit of classic pieces.
Of course the work was cast from molds made years after he died. Is it ok to say that once an artist dies the production should stop? You can still get freshly minted Rodins. Of course Moondog by Tony Smith is a great piece, made by the estate and exhibited at Paula Cooper in the late 90’s. Glad to have seen it. But does anyone have a problem with the fact that estates are cranking out the work of dead artists?