Potential energy is a good thing.
I personally love the Vid-O-belisk, but maybe clearing out the rotunda space for a while will lead to some good things.
Is it OK to say now that I never liked it? Without offending anybody?
Chris, I think it is just derivative of his earlier work, which isn't necessarily a bad thing -- but I believe the sculpture is from the early 2000s, and, by then, video art & media had changed so much that the initial punch packed by Nam Jun Paik's weird Americana was no longer...punchy. It was a safe commission for the Brooks. Much safer than the Marisol commission thirty years earlier. Not to mention that is has since dominated a rotunda space that could have been used for Guggenheimian strangeness, performance, installation... I think this is a good move. Is all I'm saying.
"Not a very good work of art from an otherwise great artist" I've wrestled with this too. But is it not very good or is it just not what I want it to be? An obelisk made of antique TVs and campy neon is less less hilarious than Paik's animal sculptures, but that seems to be the basic direction he was taking. Still, it always seemed like a piece of art that could have been designed by the CVB --- more at home at the Hard Rock Cafe than in the Brooks' rotunda. Which also, maybe, is why it belongs exactly where it is. Then again, I've long been a supporter of this guy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOnBv0gCK…
"The Art of the South(ern Users of Google Image Search)" = so perfect.
You and your mirrored self, The Memphis Arts Brigade, are lumping the criminals killed by police with those murdered by police.
Poor timing considering an armed man killed a police officer even more recently...... Just tell them not to call 911 if anything happens
Sigh... Gino's shirt. Why must a person put someone else down to make themselves feel better or make one place look better than another? Cooper Young area is great, but so it Germantown! Lose the elitist crap attitudes everyone!
Thank god someone finally acknowledges Merriweather's art is all hype and no show. I have scratched my head in disbelief that this disorganized jumble of mixed media deserves a solo exhibition at the Dixon. The premise of the show is weak, the delivery is just non existent. I was beyond disappointed at the show, I was appalled.
Sorry, but no one does ships & colonialism like Yinka Shonibare!
What a beautiful and fitting tribute to a uniquely beautiful person.
...don't we all.
They have Wilhelm Reich in their Google Alerts.
I am really interested to learn that there are so many Wilhelm Reich fans amongst our readers. Speaking as an arts airhead, are you all up for an interview?
Another wretched slander against Reich by an arts air-head. Apparently the writer was too busy to read a book, before scribbling cutsy slander into the public. Now wants other people to educate her, after the fact.
Feel free to correct me. I know more about Kate Bush than I do about Reich, but this was based on a couple of short bios I read of his work.
If you are going to talk about Reich at least get the facts right.
Cool story, Ron and Lew! Wish they'd print the story of Elvis slipping into the cycle shop (impersonating a delivery driver) to avoid the suspicious onlookers. You're the best -Randy Toma
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