Friday, October 11, 2019

Kenny Schachter on KAWS and the current market

Kenny Schachter, who writes really interesting and witty "insider" looks at the art world, does so again in this article for Artnet. Interweaving KAWS, auctions, flippers, shady dealers and a not-so-happy look at the art market, Schachter highlights some tales of art sales w "infantilism" as to the rise of KAWS. Geez, 888 items at auction this year alone?? Suckahhhhs!

Although I agree w KS who casts a raised eyebrow at the KAWS KRAZE (to put it plainly, there are merits to some of his work, but the prices are ridiculous and alot of people are going to end up burned) I suppose looking at it as glass half full - those prices raise the sea and prices for everyone?? Eh, not really, just for KAWS and others who are the hot investment/flip flavor of the moment.

Full disclosure, if it raised MY prices and made me the flavor of the moment, I probably wouldn't be too upset.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Whitney Biennial 2019 photos

The Whitney Biennial: some oohs and ahs, some boos and fahs.

It's always a mix of inspiration, what the f's, and feelings of admiration and sympathy for every biennial's curators. You know what they say about opinions, and the art world is full. This one is very heavy on socio-political commentary, I wouldn't be surprised if 75% of the work falls into those categories. But we're living in very charged times - Trump, immigration, gender issues, race, sexuality, 24 hr news, an upcoming election, climate concerns, the internet and privacy issues - all those issues surround us daily and feel impossible to escape from. For those looking to art as an escape, this is not the show for you, but the Biennial is not an "escape" show.

Here are some random photos from the exhibit which closes Sept 22nd. Hope you're enjoying the final weeks of summer!

View of my old home, Hoboken, from the Whitney

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Poem for the Ages by Charlie Chaplin

I just saw this post on Facebook. I've been a Chaplin fan since I was a child but this is the first time I read this poem by him. Had to share it with you.

"This is Charlie Chaplin at age 26, photographed 100 years ago. Below is a poem he read on his 70th birthday, written by Kim McMillen. (Thanks to Roni Turner and others who corrected my citation via Messenger.)"

As I began to love myself
I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living
against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

As I began to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody
if I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right
and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call this Respect.

As I began to love myself
I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything
that surrounded me
was inviting me to grow.
Today I call this Maturity.

As I began to love myself
I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call this Self-Confidence.

As I began to love myself
I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects
for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way
and in my own rhythm.
Today I call this Simplicity.

As I began to love myself
I freed myself of anything
that is no good for my health –
food, people, things, situations,
and everything that drew me down
and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is Love of Oneself.

As I began to love myself
I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since
I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is Modesty.

As I began to love myself
I refused to go on living in the past
and worrying about the future.
Now, I only live for the moment,
where everything is happening.
Today I live each day,
day by day,
and I call it Fulfillment.

As I began to love myself
I recognized
that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart,
my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide,
and out of their crashing, new worlds are born.
Today I know: This is Life!

"Make Art and Make Your Soul Grow"

 Wonderful video of Ian McKellen reading Kurt Vonnegut's letter to high school students.
Short and well worth the watch.