Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On New York Part 3

So what about the Art?

Much has been written and said about the Marina Abramoviće exhibit at MOMA. I've blogged about it a couple of times. So, needless to say I was excited to finally take in the exhibit and potentially sit across from Marina. Well, unless I wanted to give away the day, the sitting wasn't going to happen.

Overall, I really thought the exhibit was great. Marina clearly has an incredible history of making art, much of which is still quite shocking, which says a lot over such a long period of time. To see it in the context of its history was also really nice and I think they chose the appropriate pieces to reenact with other artists. The MOMA is a great museum too, with a good atmosphere and a lovely garden to sit in when you're tired of walking around.

The Whitney Biennial was just ok. Some pieces (as to be expected with a biennial) were much better than others, but overall it all seemed a bit lack luster. There was lots of video, which I just didn't have the patience for. I suppose if I would have been willing to take the time to sit and watch and engage and indulge, maybe then I would have understood its impact.

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