Three Quick Notes
Pressed for time today.
The comments around here have been so tame lately, that I thought I should direct you over to a very thoughtful interview Catherine Spaeth generously posted on her blog about our gallery. Catherine has a knack for very piercing questions that elicited some opinions I've only hinted at here.
Don't miss the fabulous New York Times article and cautionary tale Jori Finkel wrote about auctions on cruise ships:
It was only after Mr. Maldonado landed back in California that he did some research on his purchases. Including the buyer’s premium, he had paid $24,265 for a 1964 “Clown” print by Picasso. He found that Sotheby’s had sold the exact same print (also numbered 132 of 200) in London for about $6,150 in 2004.
In addition, he had paid $31,110 for a 1968 print, “Le Clown” by Picasso; Artprice.com, an online art database, showed it going for about $5,000.
One of the best discussions online I've read about the New Yorker Obamas cover controversy is on Art Fag City:
That [is] why the satire doesn’t really work - the image is not an outrageous over the top portrayal of how the right views Obama, it’s (as Tom has be saying) an illustration of their views.Personally, I think it's always better to acknowledge a joke missed being funny with a faint guffaw than to treat it like it was something more significant than a joke. Cartoons can indeed be offensive, but they should ultimately be judged on whether they're succeeding as humor. In this case, I'd say "eh." Sullivan posted a funnier Obama joke, provided by
"A Christian, a Jew and Barack Obama are in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean. Barack Obama says, 'This joke isn't going to work because there's no Muslim in this boat.'"Have a happy Thursday.