Category Archives: Quotes

A split in the arts

The art world is… split right down the middle. On the left side is an ascetic world of dour dioramas and evergreen minimalism. It lives in Kunsthalles and white cubes. It is protected from the vagaries of the marketplace by … Continue reading

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Richard Misrach on the U.S.-Mexico Border

All the photographs are about found objects — shotgun shells from a Border Patrol shooting range, a soccer ball, a boot, a Spanish translation of Doctor Zhivago — that are banal but laden with meaning. I’m always on the lookout for the anomalous…. It … Continue reading

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Quotes: Academese

…-isms are out, and –ities are in.  Words like “postcolonialism,” “modernism,” “materialism” or “feminism,” are so 20th century.  For the new millennium, we have new and improved words like “postcoloniality,” “modernity,” “materiality” and “intersectionality.”  If you must use an -ism, … Continue reading

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Quote: Hyper-specific Businesses

Jerry Seinfeld: “What if everyone just did what they liked? Would the world work?” Fred Armisen:  “Boy, that’s a good question.” Jerry Seinfeld: “Isn’t that Portland? Isn’t everyone in Portland doing just what they want?” Fred Armisen: “Yes. There’s a … Continue reading

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Quote: Frasier on Gentrification

Frasier Crane: The whole area is undergoing what they call a ‘revitalization.’ Of course, they’ll probably just tear it down and put up a Benetton… a Bath and Body Works… a Sunglass Hut. Niles Crane: Actually… I sort of like … Continue reading

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Quote: On Data versus Knowledge, and the Uber Economy

“Searches for keywords will not provide contexts for keywords. Patterns that are revealed by searches will not identify their own causes and reasons. The new order will not relieve us of the old burdens, and the old pleasures, of erudition … Continue reading

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Quote: Don’t Ask What I’m Writing

“If writers agree on anything — which is unlikely — it’s that nothing can damage a novel in embryo as quickly and effectively as trying to describe it before it’s ready. Unfortunately, because we’re writers, aka bipedal nests of contradictions, … Continue reading

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Quote: Art’s Next Phase is Producerism

“Producerism,” we can call this, by analogy with consumerism. What we’re now persuaded to consume, most conspicuously, are the means to create. And the democratization of taste ensures that no one has the right (or inclination) to tell us when … Continue reading

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Quote: Jed Perl on Jeff Koons and a new Gilded Age

Jed Perl, writing in the New York Review of Books, reviews the new Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/sep/25/cult-jeff-koons/ “For the Gilded Age avant-garde, such legendary events have become the model for new marketing opportunities, and there is … Continue reading

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