Sunday, September 10, 2006

lemberg opening


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Mike Richison painted the billboard outside Paul Kotula/Lemberg. Check him out!
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Tom Phardel and Brad Brown @ Lemberg Gallery. Another visually pleasing show...pretty...nice...collages...ceramics...yep...that's lemberg. It looks like they sold stuff too so that's rad. Shows like this I keep telling myself, be positive but it is hard to review when it isn't a bad show but it doesn't knock my socks off. I am not looking for cheap thrills but a little more excitement at lemberg might be nice.
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Collages: Brad Brown
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Ceramics: Tom Phardel
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19 Comments:

Anonymous chesbro said...

It's unfortunate that not everybody can push the envelope as forcefully as you do, Ann, but let's look at the bright side. If it weren't for all these predictable Lemberg kinds of shows, you wouldn't stand out as the edgy genious that you are.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous oh please..... said...

i hope that was sarcasm

6:14 PM  
Anonymous slimjim said...

Boredom is not an end product, it is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack

Unexcitable Ann meets Tom Phardel. Come on girl! Slits, orifices, elongations and the bosom...what are you waiting for, a proposal? Mr. Phardel has consistently, for over a decade, condensed the primal stuff of humanity to elegant recitations within the modernist canon. He could take your socks off anytime dear, but you don’t have the visual experience to let him. Take heart though, you’ve still got grad school.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick flash that doesn't last, or a slow burn that teases, questions, experiments...I'll take the slow burn over the quick flash anyday. I don't wear socks. They only get in the way.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous archie said...

this show was boring. detroit is too easily excited. stop ripping on ann just because most of you are far too easily entertained.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous jef said...

i haven't seen the show yet. was over at meadow brook's sculpture extravaganza that night.

but the red piece by tom looks exquisite. and there's nothing wrong with that.

10:32 AM  
Blogger susiebell said...

Does the best work knock you over at first glance? Or does it require a little more consideration? Does the work that knocks you over at first glance hold up to further inspection? Not often. I think a lot of subtleties are lost on an immediate gratification generation that can't be bothered to take a second look. A quick fix is just that. It wears off and leaves you worse off than you were before. Take some time to SEE what you're looking at before you judge; not everything can be digested in just a second. Now, THAT would be boring.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous dennis jones said...

Hey Archie,

There wasn't a tv monitor in the place! Believe it or not, the show wasn't about entertainment at all. Only damn good real stuff!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

if this work was in a decorative art retailer's booth at an interior design trade show (and let me tell you, work just like this is all over those places - I've seen it first hand) all of you would be slamming it for the boring, by-the-numbers "pretty" work that it is.

5:05 PM  
Blogger ann said...

goodness sakes...yes, they are visually stunning works. I am not discrediting the works...I am just saying that I would like to see something a little different at lemberg sometimes.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous oldyorker said...

the james stephens show at lemberg a few months ago was stunning and edgy.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, Lemberg shows pretty much everything--sculpture, painting, photography, artist's books, ceramics, prints, installation work, functional art--artists from Detroit, NY, Chi, LA--and runs the billboard--what more do you want?

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just way too much fun...can you even imagine the BLOG response after the opening at MOCAD...I'm counting the hours.

1:47 PM  
Blogger ann said...

ok, I will give you james stephens...I do love his work.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous milky said...

Susiebell's comments are very good. Certainly the judgment of art must be deliberate, but here are some questions: By what criteria do we judge? Are our judgements true only for ourselves? Are there standards for judging art? If not, then can art have any real social or cultural significance? My thought is that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder.

9:40 PM  
Blogger toxic avenger said...

Ann is one of the only critics in Detroit, maybe the ONLY one, to not waste our time kissing everybody's ass in this sadsack town full of crybabys and art hacks. There used to be a time in art criticism when people had the guts to do just that - critique, and does it with consumate class. If you can't tak the heat, get out of the kitchen. Get off her back.

10:00 AM  
Blogger detart said...

This blog is a great service to the arts community, but I'm not in the kitchen, I'm in the art world. I think all anyone is saying is look before you speak or at least know of what you are speaking before you negate someone's work.

Webster defines criticism as "the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art or literature"--not as a knee-jerk reaction to something.

The entire art community is done a disservice when work is dismissed out of hand, or because it happens to be shown in a more or less favored gallery.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

Ann *did* look before she evaluated. As the pictures prove, SHE ACTUALLY WENT TO THE SHOW - unlike most of you.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous dennis jones said...

Hey jim,

Could you stop stroking Ann for a minute and listen?

8:07 PM  

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