The art world is starving for a new label they can attach a movement to. Provisional Painting seem to be the flavor of the day. I am attaching this link that may not show up on this blog, but the article is in Art and America. Sometimes they protect their content and prohibit people like me from adding it to my sites:
If you follow the art world you would know that painting has taken a back seat to performance and installation art. The gallery scene had shifted from brick and mortar to the art fair venue. Then we have the museums that are sponsored by corporations and public tax dollars (I bet you didn’t know you were sponsoring big business art did you?) This has indeed left an impact on painting, good painting and painters who have spent a life time developing their skills, creating a body of work, only to be turned away from the platforms that they used to frequent and sell their work. Unless you remain “current” or are established, why paint? Get a degree in computer technology. At least you’ll find a job and that’s if you’re under 45. So in my humble opinion I would rather go to a show like SELECT that embraces the little guy and is trying to maintain a some kind of position in the art world.
I didn’t get to Frieze but I heard mixed reviews. It reminds me of the Whitney Biennial which is always subject to mixed reviews. Perhaps Frieze is the new biennial of art fairs. Still can’t justify the $44 or the time it takes to get there. OK, I would pay the money just to see what it’s all about, but not a 1 1/2 hour trip that should only take 45 minutes, although it does look interesting. At least the paintings don’t seem “provisional.” But then again I’m viewing the show from pictures from a website. You really need to see the work in person.
On another very good note, Nicelle and I will be at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn on July 11th, 7 PM. I will be showing the trailer and animation, In The Circus Of You. Nicelle will be reading and doing her circus thing. We will be signing books and I believe there will be a 2 other poets reading.
And again Ivan is back: