Although one sees very few solo viewers in NYC museum, new study says your heart beats faster when you look at art alone. And knowledge has no effect. Questions: Is the increased heart rate a flight response? And how do you measure the effect of a new idea?
Should Koolhaas' CCTV monster be preserved? After four years it is already corroded by Beijing air. Koolhaas himself says preservation laws get in the way of new architecture...Not in HIS way; historic district was demolished to make way for his mega building.
Should Museums Exhibit Bad Art? Artopiaanswer: They already do. But we agree with hyperallergic otherwise. Let's look at what's in storage. Mistakes? Donor suck-up acquisitions? A history of so-called taste?
The star of the Rosemarie Trockel show at the New Museum is Judith Scott (1943-2005). Why curator Lynne Cooke allowed the German art star Trockel to pepper her show with 12 "outsider" artists is beyond me. And paintings by a chimp. In comparison, alas, Trockel's highly regarded work pales.
Poster for "Naked Men" exhibit at the Leopold Museum in Austria censored. Statues with male privates made public, if Greek or Roman, are o.k.; but pix of naked soccer players are not. Article on Huffingtonpost: http://tinyurl.com/9kslc3o
ARTOPIACINEMA: "Venom and Eternity" (1951) by Isadore Isou (1925-2007) is quite simply the best post-war avant-garde film. It is astounding. Without Isou, Godard could not exist. Isou founded Letterism (Lettrism/Lettrisme) when he was 16.
V and E was introduced at Cannes in 1952 by Jean Cocteau. The reaction was so violent fire hoses were required. It begins with a blank screen and a Letterist chant and then...discrepency, chiseling, scratchings, bleach. Stars handsome Isou himself.