Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Whitney should die

In an attempt to push the boundries of art even further, the Whitney has once again missed the mark for it's Biennial Exhibition. Usually for this show, you expect some bad art mixed in with some really good stuff, but this really hit a new low. I went to the show with a friend on Thursday afternoon and was appalled by the worst show they have ever put on. Most of the art is just bad. I can remember about 2 things being very interesting and deserving of being in a museum, but the rest of it was so mediocre and sometimes just plain awful. There was one piece that was actually traced on tracing vellum,probably from a photo, and torn out and framed. Another painting I saw was not hung level. This is the kind of thing you might expect at bar or something in that vein, but this is a Museum!
They really have a lot of nerve to charge you $15 to see that crap. You can really just walk around outside in the city and get as much of an art experience.
It's just disturbing since there really are a lot of great artists in the city, and they are the ones who should be in this show.

I would recommend not even going and contributing to this faulty institution.

6 comments:

Justin Leigh Leiter said...

Do you remember any of the artists' names you were in the show? Any links to see examples? I'm curious now as to how bad the art was.

CamChes said...

Hmm, I'm intrigued now too... Hey if you joined sitemeter, howcome the icon for it doesn't show up on your page?

Dan Springer said...

I'm sure you can go to the Whitney home page and see something- they might show one of the better examples, though...
I don't know why the icon doesn't show up, but they've been sending me the updates...

CamChes said...

Oh you probably signed up, but didn't copy and paste the java code that they provide you into the bottom of your template section. This will place a little icon there that you can click on and will take you to your sitemeter info where you can see much more information. Look for it at the bottom of Justin and my blog. The e-mail that they send you doesn't provide that many complete stats. This way you can even look at where visitors are located geographically...

Dan Springer said...

I think I might be too lazy for that one, but I do want to add some links, and so far that hasn't worked. How did you do it?

CamChes said...

Links is the nearly the same process, a little more complex. Go to your template page and scroll down to near the bottom. You'll see some html code that contains the "Google news" and "edit me" words. Looking at that you can see how the html works. The URL for the link goes into the front of the html code in quotation marks and then the title that you want it called on your page is placed between ><. If you look at the Google news one you can see how it is structured. If you want more detailed instructions go to the edit me link on your blog. You can erase that and Google news and replace them with your links when you have it figured it out... Give it a shot. If Pete can do it so can too...