Panni Malekzadeh’s work deals with ‘human vulnerability, boredom, fragility and the imprisonment of oneself’, according to her artists statement. I personally love and loathe these. Parts of them seem to take themselves too seriously and yet I find them ingeniously funny as hell at the same time. Maybe I’m missing the point, or maybe I don’t take neurosis very seriously (although I should considering I have plenty of my own). Judging by the artists reference to Plath and contradiction I’m guessing she intends to have this split reaction. Either way I think there is an interesting depth and quality to them that makes me want to keep looking.
Described in NYTimes as an ‘unruly organism of a show’, Documenta 13 is a sprawling exhibition of art going on in Kassel Germany. I’ve not seen it, I spent the last few days in Tennesee not Germany, but I felt struck by a battery of emotions about the exhibit (and art itself) after reading Jerry Saltz’s article on NYMAG about ‘Post Art’ and that the way we view art will continue to change. Which I agree is inevitable in an ever evolving field but I’m not sure I enjoy the glimpse of the future quite as much as he does. If these things are the shape (or lack there of) of art to come, I’m not sure I like it. But maybe I’m just being ‘roped off’, as he says. What do you all think?
Check out the article and check out some images from Documenta 13.
Well the Whitney is moving, to the MeatPacking District. But before it does it’s having a Jeff Koons Retrospective. I have to admit two things: 1. I’ve never been to the Whitney in it’s current location and 2. I think for most of my life I’ve been a Jeff Koons hater. I have recently re-evaluated my feelings on the artist and am no longer a hater….mostly. I’ve generally started to see art in an appreciative fashion regardless of my personal aesthetic opinions. Here are some classic Koons pieces
Well I lied. Yesterday I said I was going to drag my husband to MoMA and I did not do any such thing. I did however drag him to PULSE art fair. For the most part I really enjoyed the art, their were some really innovative and provocative pieces….but then I would come across a piece that would make me want to scream because it was so bad. And then punch something. I don’t believe in violence and screaming in public isn’t really my thing so I just moved on to other art instead. I couldn’t force myself to take pictures of any of the really bad stuff but here are some other things I saw of all varieties: