December 2011 ArtDistricts
In fact, “art writer” recently made it to #6 on Hyperallergic’s list of the 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World. Those of us that do it are driven by a passion that’s just as strong as the passion that fuels artists and, if truth be told, art can’t exist without critics and writers to interpret, evaluate and explain it. Art can’t exist in a vacuum. The art world is a multi-tiered, maddeningly hierarchical dysfunctional family. Artists need dealers. Dealers need collectors. And dealers and collectors need art writers. Why? We establish credibility. And in the art world, credibility is part of provenance and provenance is part of — you guessed it – price.
Plus, the museums, galleries and artists all secretly love the attention and use our articles in their press kits and on their websites.
But this month I did get a little bit of fame and glory because the people at ArtDistricts featured my Zadok Gallery Article as their cover story and my 2011 Miami Art Week Preview as the lead article in the magazine. I was surprised – but of course pleasantly – and really excited to also see Claire Breukel contributed to the issue, because I’m a big fan of hers and think she’s just a really interesting curator. She just worked with Rashaad Newsome, an artist I hero-worship, for the MAM Party on the Plaza. (click the link to check out the cool video and song on his site)
The ArtDistricts cover is Chen Man’s “Year of the Monkey,” 2004. Man is a very interesting Chinese artist who is represented by the Zadok Gallery. She’s got a cool collaboration going on with MAC cosmetics, who seem to collaborate with a lot of young artists. But, my real favorite at Zadok is Lori Kirkbride, who I also wrote about in the article. She’s based out of Brooklyn and I just find her paintings to be really fun and whimsical.