I have decided that I don’t like art. Just having said that has freed my mind to come up with at least three new art projects! Try it some time.
Just visited the Deutsche Guggenheim show of works by Yto Barrada from Tangiers (nod to Red and JC Gonzales who will be moving there shortly). She was named “artist of the year” by the Deutsche Bank. This distinction by Deutsche Bank seeks to introduce to the public new artists of note whose work combines “Internationalität, Diversität, die Verbindung von künstlerischen Fragestellungen mit sozialen Themen.” Internationalism, diversity, and the merging of artistic questioning with social themes.
While it appears to me that Barrada is quite capable of fulfilling this tall order, the work chosen for this exhibition gave me little if any fresh insight. It was very safe work, commercially-viable-and-appealing-enough-to-a-large-enough-audience type of work. I gravitated towards large photographs depicting children who were middle class enough to look apathetic at play. I was attracted to these mainly because they were so well done. Interesting enough. But definitely didn’t push any buttons or cause me to question anything or want to respond in any way. I thought to myself “this is corporate art in a corporate world.”
I wanted a cool contemporary photo of myself at the Deutsche Guggenheim. Here it is: