posted by art blogs are fun at 9:30 PM
Looks like a nice show.
mark sengbusch is the tits.
Great Show! All work by master artists who have found their groove.Except Jim Pallas! His stuff is amatuerish. That so-called "Magic Fish" looks like it was made from a kit of pre-digested ideas. And what's that inside the fish? An atomic bomb? A solar system? His stuff looks like toys. Surely the DAM could find some more serious artist in 75 years.
Sorry I had to miss this opening, I'll get in to see the show asap. Mark Sengbusch is definitely the tits. One question for DAM - why is it every time you dig up an anniversary/historical show, you feel the need to fall back on Lester Johnson and Jim Pallas? Nothing personal, but there's lots more "old timer" work out there that would be nice to see in this context. These two were also featured in the show that inaugurated your "new" space on Woodward. Come on, do a little more work, give us something unexpected.Note to Zoey: Do some homework. If you've never heard of Jim Pallas or seen his work, a little simple research will show you that he's been around for years. You may not like this particular piece, but he's done some brilliant work over the years. And since when is it a bad thing when art looks like toys?Lovely to see a Diane Carr piece, it's been way too long.
pallas' fish should swim upstream and die. is this the best in 75 years? if so, I should swim upsteam and kill myself.
The 3x3 is a pretty little show - except for Pallas' smelly fish- but none of these artists are history. They're still somewhat alive.Does Detroit art community honor none of it's dead?Are the only artists that matter the ones that are not yet dead?Where are the artists of the past in this "75 year history"?Where's Hughie Lee-Smith, John Carroll, Murray Jones, Zubel Kachadorian, Mary Jane Bigler, Alden Smith, Carol Wald, Sheldon Iden, Bradley Jones, Sarkis Sarkisian, Gary Melchers, Al Loving.... Need I go on? Surely some of these artists had a relationship with the Detroit Artist's Market.Are their works not collected? I hear it's Detroit's tradition to trash the past. Were they all thrown away when they died? And I hear that the Detroit Institute of Arts has not encouraged the collecting of area artsists. Its directors and contemporary curators are always from outside the state, bringing the "word" to the provinces. I hear that the Friends of Modern Art are friends only to artists from somewhere else. Of course, it's too much to ask the DAM to do the museum's job, but it's the only institution that is possibly positioned to do that.It's disapponiting to see them pass up the opportunity to really exhibit even a small piece of their history.
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