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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Observation: Crit

In the March 21, 2011 edition of the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl wrote this about artist Glenn Ligon mid-career retrospective at the Whitney:

Early drawings in the Whitney show, from 1985, find Ligon duly juxtaposing images of African-American hair products with images of canonical modern sculptures, by Brancusi and Giacometti, that display influences of African tribal art.  But the satirical point is a mite blunted by Ligon's palpable liking for the sculptures.

I find this a rather odd assumption.  That to be critical of Brancusi and Giacometti, Ligon can't possibly find anything of value in their work.

Dear Mr. Schjeldahl,

The ability to explore gray areas, to delve into feelings that are complicated and confusing, is what separates us from first year college students.



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