Jim Dine

21 08 2011

Its not fair. I’ve been highlighting work that I like. And almost never critiquing work that I have no interest. I used to do reviews of poetry books. Not books I liked. Just books that came to publishers. And I hated being negative. I read someplace that a critic suggested that there have only been 3 or 4 good poems written in the 20th century. (And I personally thought I had at least a dozen.) So everyone else is a ‘B’ writer or less. The same holds true in all the arts. Even the most celebrated will find themselves in warehouses or attics collecting dust 20 years after their creators have ceased.

All of this is a prequel to my remarks. Jim Dine is a well established and well thought of artist in New York City. He is best known for his “pop” art. And his introduction of common objects into the art world. He may well be an important artist. He’s been interviewed.

But I look at his work and I do not get excited.

I am selfish. What has bothered me for a long time is that too much art needs arguments. Someone has to fill you in on why we should be more appreciative. I am not an anti-intellectual. One of the great experiences in life is to see or hear something and talk about it. Discuss it. Someone can bring in any argument they want. Lets talk. Have another glass of wine. Make some rude remark. Laugh. Art should be enjoyed privately. And then enjoyed communally. (I have no idea if that is spelled correctly.)

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So I don’t care much for Jim Dine’s work. That’s it.





Pawel Kuczynski

21 08 2011

Pawel Kuczynski’s work is mostly in a satirical vein. His insights are both razor sharp and humorous. Surreal in character they point to a universe that is both absurd and out of our reach.

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The Parlotones

21 08 2011

I like this group. And the animation that goes with it. Its Saturday night and my kids are having more fun than me. There’s something wrong here.





Jaume Plensa

21 08 2011

It is the size of the pieces that first hits you. (Check out his homepage.)

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They remind me of the book and TV series The Martian Chronicles.