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Cheesiest Headlines in Art History

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Blake Gopnik at the Washington Post with an excellent video review of Dan Flavin at the NGA.

Poor Flavin’s show will soon come down in history as the exhibition that everyone loved but that was cursed with the cheesiest headlines in art history.

Gopnik’s is “Glowing Review” while Kimmelman was “To Be Enlightened, You Pull the Switch.”

By the way, in case you missed it, a few days ago Gopnik dissed “imperious art critic Clement Greenberg.” Read it here.

The pot calling the kettle black?

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  • Shark

    I’ve always wondered: Have museums and collectors stocked up on replacement bulbs for their Flavin works?

    What happens in a hundred years or so (a decade, even?) — when nobody can find a flourescent tube?

    PS: Shark’s Prediction: Flavin won’t even be a minor blip on the art history landscape. He and the likes of Donald Judd will be lucky to be footnotes.

    (But Marfa [santa fe without the scenery] is nice this time of year!)

  • Now: That not only a funny comment but also a very good one and I bet that a LOT of museums around the nation haven’t got the foggiest idea of how the future will be answered.

    Once a curator from the Hirshhorn told me that whenever they need to “fix” their Ana Mendieta mud sculpture they just go to their garden and add to it.

    Someone better start buying a lot of flourescent tubes!