Thursday, September 27, 2007

Büchel---Mass MoCA Summary

As I look back at how my comments about this issue evolved, I realize I've essentially gone nearly two full turns around it (that's the peril of the immediacy of blogging). Now, however, as I'm sure others are, I am mostly just relieved by the museum's final decision not to exhibit the unfinished project.

Tyler has written a well-balanced summary and points to these two links as to where the opposing sides now stand: Büchel's totally disappointing and IMO unfunny letter to Geoff Edgers at the Boston Globe and Mass MoCA's mostly resassuring, if still debatable, FAQs on the entire process.

As I commented in a thread, given how most folks seem able to interpret Posner's decision to justify the position they held before the trial, it's perhaps best to wait until his written opinion is published to take this up again.

Labels: Christoph Büchel, Mass MoCA


Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

The only redemtion for MASS MoCA would be to actually do this

"In return to MASS MoCA's decision not to show the unfinished and altered project Training Ground for Democracy, I donate following permanent installation to the museum, that will be within its reasonable budget, since there are no costs involved: Exchange the letters "M" and "C" of the word "MoCA" on the roof of the museum, as shown in the picture below."

It would save their reputation, and put Buchel in his place. they should at do it while they have the crane there emptying out building 5

9/27/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

If this little tantrum is indicative of Büchel's normal level of maturity, then no wonder he ended up embroiled in this mess. What a petulant little artstar.

9/27/2007 02:50:00 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

Agree wholeheartedly about implementing Buchel's MASS CoMA idea. Maybe we should start a campaign to encourage it. MoCA also showed a great deal of class by announcing a symposium in conjunction with the Clark Art Institute to discuss this matter before the public this fall. I'm very much looking forward to that.

9/27/2007 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

Maybe we should start a campaign to encourage it

Just did.
go to their blog

9/27/2007 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Hmm, nah, to me as I mentioned elsewhere I offer "Training Ground For Christoph Buchel" which is the child nursery next to my home.

Cedric Caspesyan

(Is this the result of having artists start too young? Spoiled brat smartassing?)


9/27/2007 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

(Is this the result of having artists start too young? Spoiled brat smartassing?)

This is the contradiction I'm sensing here, Buchel was 35 when he debuted in New York at Maccarone, Inc. and as far as I know that is pretty much what put him on the map, mid thirties, just when Coltrane was hitting his stride.
Hirst on the other hand started while he was still in grad school and soon after Saatchi pretty much put him on the map.
I would hardly say Hirst has ever behaved as bad as Buchel, in fact I would say Hirst was acting as a professional right out of the gate.

Keth Harring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Kostabi, all found great success at a young age, all very professional.

My point is, an artist emerges when they emerge, age isn't a factor one way or another, they are professional, or they are primadonnas, they make great art or they don't, every artist is different. What is there suppose to be, a Division of Emerging Artists that licenses artist when they reach a certain age? And if a gallery get's caught showing an under aged unlicensed artist that gallery gets shut down, and the dealer and artist are dragged to Git-Mo?

If there are galleries and collectors who are age obsessed, and prefer the one hit wonder, so what, there are reputable galleries who know how to bring an artist to the market, and those galleries and artists will survive when there is a downturn, It's a fad the one hit wonders will fade away.

Half the fun of being in New York is gallery hopping and no matter how bad all the art you see in 100 galleries that 101st you reluctantly drag yourself into with low expectation you see something and have a reaction like Chris Rywalt had at the Ofili opening.
From his blog:

I moved over to stand in front of Belmont Guru and I thought, "Am I crazy, or is this guy a real artist?" A couple more pieces in and I wanted to run around the crowded room yelling "Oh my God, it's a REAL ARTIST!"

now thats why you go to see art, it may only happen once a week, once a month, or once a year, but it will always eventually happen.

9/27/2007 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

It is true that Chris Offili is one of the (rare) great exhibit this opening season.

Thanks Chris (Rywalt) for the review!

Strictly Chelsea speaking, it was Keith Tyson I found the most impressive (darn those guards kill a bit of the fun though).


Cedric Caspesyan

9/28/2007 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

In a comment on "Very Disappointing Decisions"
Cedric Caspesyan said... casting a vote system where all commenters would vote for their side of the thing?

good idea:

vote here

9/29/2007 02:45:00 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home