NEW: Another art opening/event tracker in NYC: larryqualls.blogspot.com. One of our scouts found this. Last night (Tu) artcards.cc had five events listed. LarryQualls had 20.
And one of them was sponsored by the Warhol Foundation beautiful display of Warhols, and an even more beautiful crowd – on 78th off Madison. Champagne & nibbles including filet mignon and tiny chocolate cones endlessly served from 6-9pm.
On the 11th, Wed, we hit The Plains Indians show, a short two month show at the Met. Its scope, interpretative panels, and the quality of its pieces are stupefying – borrowed from museums all over the world – as only the Met can do. Frankly it gives the Museum of the American Indian down on Bowling Green a run for its money. Why couldn’t they mount something of this quality? This show demands to be seen time and time again – so go! you’ve only two months to play with this one.
In the show I did what we both always do at the Met: talk to the guards – and ask if they’re an artist. The one I talked to today was like poking your finger in a dike: there was an outpouring of facts, analyses of trends, suggestions for resources, a tabulation of who’s who in the art world – from this painter/sculptor.
Here are some tidbits gleaned. A long discussion of how adequate funding in the 80s by public and private parties alike led to a renaissance in American art. And how the cutbacks triggered by the Cincinatti Maplethorpe show and the Jesus/Piss piece resulted in the present scene where art is not only not funded but also increasingly not valued.
This guard was pessimistic as to the future of art in Amerika. A world where art is bought on Instagram. Where art is no longer a currency, no longer discussed and viewed in public, together, but where it’s only had, possessed, monetized – with the artist like any factory worker seeing little or nothing of the rewards it generates. Yes, talk to the Art Guards at the Met….
On the way to the Society Library for that blessed hour of reading with others in the great reading room full of obscure journals, I stopped by a favorite gallery, ERARTA, 1430 Madison just above 79th. As part of Asia Week it is hosting a show organized by the OnishiGallery, – part of Asia Week NY 2015 (discussed in more detail below). Among the 11 artists whose work is shown, 7 are Japanese National Living Treasures. Simply stunning to realize. Go to their opening, Friday, 6-8pm; we’re delaying our departure from NYC for Ct just to be at this opening – and acknowledge these great artists.
Lastly, the big news is that Asia Week starts tomorrow in Manhattan. Here are the top three results in searching that – and of course there’s a lot more. Frankly, this is The time to suck in and chew on every dimension of Asian Art. The events are very much on the Upper East Side. Pay attention to artcards.cc – for some many show up there. And of course the new source outlined at the start of this post, larryqualls.blogspot.com, may be very helpful. Qualls seems like the kind of guy who at least for the day you’re looking would give you a comprehensive overview of what’s being offered.