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Abraham Ritchie

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Low Tide at Art Chicago 2011

    If it is true that a rising tide raises all ships, then Art Chicago proved this year that lowered admission standards diminishes all the art on view.  Everywhere glossy and slick surfaces abounded, indicating just how shallow the “return to beauty” has turned out to be.  As Joel Kuennen writes this week on ArtSlant: Chicago, nostalgia was exploited as repackaged in pure commodity to entice perspective buyers.  Similarly there was a surfeit of photorealist paintings and still lifes this year, see below, almost all without a hint of criticality or irony, and almost none able to compete with even t... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 5/2/11