Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Schlock of art?

Bravo's "Work of Art" winner has been revealed, with Abdi Farah winning a coveted solo show at the Brooklyn Museum, now on view. But is it any good?

Our critic takes a look at the exhibition, "Work of Art," weighing in that beyond the piece "Libaton" (pictured), there's not much else worth viewing, and viewers may leave with a feeling of "emptiness."

We also get the 411 on Farah, who went from relative obscurity to art world infamy in a matter of minutes upon winning the show. The show also raised some questions about the Museum's participation in such a seemingly low-brow endeavor.

What are your thoughts on the show? Do you think it lessens the museum's stature? Weigh in in the comments section below.


Kathleen Laziza August 24, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

The Brooklyn Museum of Art should be allowed to be experimental. Good, bad or indifferent there is no reason to be grumpy about emerging artists having rare one time only access to a premiere art venue. Low brow? well maybe cable TV is considered low brow but there were worthy art novice viewers who kept up the program (Work of Art) and followed the exhibit to BMA door. There is nothing wrong with that.

Seriously BMA has been taking alot of gruff from people who have this high brow mentality that actually does not apply across the board in American Museums today. I personally have always been proud that BMA takes risks, brings people into the world of art that might not ever venture there in the first place. I wonder frequently when I hear these comments leveled as to art being low or high brow..... what do people expect? Art exists to bring people together and allows them to share an experience that creates conversation, curiosity, inquiry, and yes controversy. All of this is a good thing because as a population Americans are not incredibly enthusiastic about any art high or low. They mostly don't support it because art is more often then not seen as not practical or essential. So if it is not perceived to be practical at least it should be a curiosity. BMA does an admirable job considering its limited resources with drawing attention to itself by bringing concepts of art to our attention.

As far as the critic stating that people "may leave with a sense of emptiness"... I wonder if that is such a terrible thing to feel. Art is not meant to be all butterflies and buttercups all the time, sometimes it makes one feel alienated, annoyed, etc.... In the end Farah completes his mission and if that made one feel empty - so be it.

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