Wednesday, July 11, 2007

art-speak-newsweek

This little column in Newsweek made me laugh this morning!... It's funny how many people perceive the art world...man, you can just hear the cynicism!
WHAT'S ART-SPEAK FOR 'UGLY'?Museums have a way of making everyone feel insignificant and inferior. To wit, a glossary of terms to help you while you're shopping for that new Matisse:
GALLERINAS: The lovely young ladies, usually wearing simple black dresses, who attend the elegant reception desks at high-end art emporiums.
GALLERIST: A term, popular in Europe, that makes a gallery owner seem like some kind of artist, creating meta-artworks by scheduling shows.
INSTALLATION ART: A lot of weird stuff—or maybe just a few somber items—put in an empty room, allegedly with great significance.
THE LONG MARCH: Occurs for artsies every 10 years (2007 is one of them) when the Venice Biennale, Documenta (in Kassel, Germany) and Sculpture Münster (also in Germany) mega-exhibitions take place in the same summer.
M.F.A.: Graduate degree, but a career ticket only if it's been issued by Yale, UCLA or CalArts.
POSTMODERNISM: Modern art's idea of "progress" is over, so it's time to play dress-up in the granny's attic of art history.
CURATOR: Formerly, a scholar in charge of caring for an art collection; currently, an impresario of exhibitions who possesses a large Rolodex.
© 2007 Newsweek, Inc.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

perceive it? that IS is

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GALLERIST- Ha, what truth there is to the gallerist description.

Why do you think so many gallerist perceive themselves with such importance?
The talent and skill to wrap contemporary art around the common patrons, is the least you can do with a degree in art.

Look at all the fillers out there. Who sat in an undergraduate painting class and just fluffed up the room with large fucking cotton balls, or naked prints of themselves.
They know the crowd, so all they need do is pluck from the talent around them.

galleries as a whole perform way under what they should for the cut.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous mr myxyzptlyk said...

GALLERIST.

Yup. They had to divest themselves of the term DEALER because it reminds folks of the too shady 'business' people that they are.


'Gallerinas' sound like they are going to pirouette over and flog you in the face with the latest issue of Flash Art.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do they call critics?

5:00 PM  
Anonymous buttcher said...

gnats or bees, depending on your perspective

5:36 PM  

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