Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gedi Sibony on Bruce Nauman @ Dia




Sources tell me this was quite the crack-up! Apparently clowns were involved, along with children's stories, Philip Guston and only a passing mention of Nauman's work. My primary source was so scarred from the experience that those scant details were all I was given (so much for AO's crack team of journalists). Anyone else who attended willing to share their experience? Just to be clear, Art Observations is a safe place. Let it out, let the healing powers of the written word mend your psychic wounds. Your therapy is our therapy.

Who... is... Neil Benezera?

5 comments:

  1. I've experienced Sibony using tactics of physical intimidation poorly disguised as nervous pacing. Also witnessed a catastrophic artist talk where the towel was thrown in shortly after the first slide- which was of a Matisse painting. Whatevs!

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  2. What artist? What period Matisse? Your description of Sibony's tactics basically sums up how I feel about his artwork, except maybe the intimidation in his sculptures is better disguised, more concealed. Thanks for the comment BTW.

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  3. It was a talk on his work! He began with a slide of "The Piano Lesson" (1916), had a minor freak out, moved into a loose diatribe on "taste" and closed with complaints on how expensive children are.

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  4. hey lads neal benezra was a curator at the hirschorn who is now director of sfmoma.

    i want to hear more about sibony. and what does benezra have to do with it?

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  5. Thanks for the clarification anon! As it was reported to me, Sibony spent much of the talk discussing how in his head he titled a Nauman sculpture "Neal Benezra" after seeing it reproduced next to a text authored by Benezra. I believed this confused an audience member who made a big stink during the Q&A about why Sibony made such an association. Hmmm, anyone have a vimeo link?

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