Sunday, April 7, 2013

Jerry Saltz on the Demise of New York's Gallery Scene and the Financialization of Art

"Artists and dealers are as passionate as ever about creating good shows, but fewer and fewer people are actually seeing them. Chelsea galleries used to hum with activity; now they’re often eerily empty. Sometimes I’m nearly alone. Even on some weekends, galleries are quiet, and that’s never been true in my 30 years here. Fewer ideas are being exchanged, fewer aesthetic arguments initiated. I can’t turn to the woman next to me and ask what she thinks, because there’s nobody there. Instead, the blood sport of taste plays out in circles of hedge-fund billionaires and professional curators, many of whom claim to be anti-market..." (Photo: Keith Haring at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 1982)  More>>