aack. it was good.
i wanted to bring up one more interesting bit of art world news that i came into contact with this week. and that is the interesting, witty and wise decisions that went into the Obamas' picks for art to be displayed in the White House. Mostly I'll just direct you to Holland Cotter's piece in the New York Times, because I basically agree with him. I love that they chose works by well known ethereals like Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn. I LOVE the pick of works by Alma Thomas, which would, incidentally no doubt hang well near Mary Heilmann. I probably wish more artists were included, but as painters go, Susan Rothenberg (who was one of their picks) is not a quick or easy artist and I think her presence in the white house could represent and inspire scrutiny, challenge, introspection, dedication, and The Hunt (like 'the hunt' mentioned in my blog title). I also agree with Holland Cotter that I would have hoped and expected that under the Obamas we would have seen the inclusion of other formidable formats for contemporary art, such as video or installation. Wouldn't Bill Viola or Jeremy Blake's inclusion in those spaces have been fantastic? While they could have taken more risks, I think they were very informed in their choices. Particularly the Ed Ruscha, which made me roll with laughter in its new context: