Friday, March 4, 2011

Guest Post: David Hammons @ L&M

million dollar paintings are too unanimously loved. i'd praise the bureau work, esp with its duchampian glimpse into a shallow void, but emphasize how these works too easily distill the contextual use of impoverished gestures into showroom-ready works sold by their critical aura. not that hammons' work doesn't "deserve" a high price tag, but it is convenient works like these, late works made by an established artist for the market's contemporary moment, that loudly reinforce not painting's limit as a socially-engaged artistic practice (there's a better, less condescending way of saying this…) but more so, given its unanimous praise, the ease with which contemporary art's public luxuriates in critique's objectified status as a privileged contemporary artwork.

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