Take Back the Artworld

There is, to no one’s amazement, a vast divide between what is shown in New York galleries and what is shown in the rest of the country.

Still, it’s fun to read from a distance about what’s going on in Gotham. Especially since it affects so very little what the rest of us are up to.

In his Village Voice column this week, Jerry Saltz covers the frustrations felt by artists, gallerists, and curators.

Among the points he makes:
"The ratio of one-woman shows in New York galleries between now and Christmas is a deplorable 17 percent." Do we really put up with this crap?! Guerrilla Girls, we need you now more than ever!

He also says:
"Artists should curate shows, write about them, and make their own publications. The agenda needs to be set by the artists, not the market."
See, here’s someone in the thick of the NY jungle encouraging you to take charge of your careers. You can’t rely on anyone else.

and:
"If these positions are hostile to one another, file; art isn’t about getting along. Disagreement and criticism are ways of showing art respect."

Check it out.

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