Thursday, May 11, 2006

Today's must read

Really interesting and honest interview with Zach Feuer on

A couple of interesting points:

  • "The worst thing is when people pretend they’re curators. I’m a small businessperson who exists to support what my artists are doing, not to make my own big statement. It is nice when people write about me, and the recognition that I get feels great, but I want the shows and the artists to be noticed more than the gallery."

  • "A lot of great art gets made outside of the market, and outside of Chelsea, and when criticism is overshadowed by collecting, a lot of that work gets overlooked. The worst thing is that once the work gets overlooked, it gets fetishized by collectors as [the next big thing]. Some punk-rock space in the Lower East Side becomes the collectors’ darling just because it doesn’t obviously appear to be the collectors’ darling, it’s “the other.” It’s incredibly annoying. I really like the traditional structure of the art critic and the gallery."

1 Responses to “Today's must read”

Lisa Hunter said...
May 18, 2006 at 4:09 PM

It's a bit disingenuous for a Chelsea dealer to complain about collectors "fetishizing" something as the next Big Thing.

I guess hot art markets are sort of like revolutions -- people always want them to stop at the point that most benefits themselves.

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