Chris Burden, performance pioneer, died today. Read more here.
Whether you like Koons or hate Koons, he is now a part of the fiber of art history. So say, if Koons was recognized with a major retrospective (like the exhibition currently on view at the Whitney Museum) common decency among artists would acknowledge that that is not the platform for us to grab the mic. And yet, with a nod to Kanye’s interruption of Swift at the Video Music Awards, a performance artist interrupts the Koons retrospective, splashing a red “X” on the walls, causing the galleries to be temporarily closed. Art on the edge–or just poor taste? I can’t help but feel bad for artists and art lovers that may have traveled to NYC specifically to see the Koons show, only to be kicked out of the galleries while the museum assessed the damage.
Alistair Noble’s article, Explainer: Extreme Duration in the Performing Arts, as published in The Conversation.
From the article:
“Words might point a way towards approaching the work, but understanding will only come through experience.”