When New is Old
Art A fter Meltdown

Panel Discussion with:


Pat Bell
Vice President\, Merrill Ly nch\, collector
Phong Bui
Publisher\, Brooklyn Rail\, artist
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
Cura tor\, Jersey City Museum
Mary Birmingham
Curator\, Hunterdon Museum
< br />and Special Guest
Robert Storr< br />Curator\, Dean of the Yale School o f Art
and Artistic Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale

moderated by Gae Savannah
Writer\, Flash Art\, Sculpture\, artist

Sunday\, December 14\, 2008 1:0 0PM
followed by a Holiday Party


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2007\, 2008: Damien Hirst\, --120 MILLION in a nigh t\, Warhol (car crash) - 72 MILLION\,
Lucian Freud (nude) - 25 MILLION \, Richard Prince (nurse) - 8.5 MILLION...
November 2008: Warhol\, Lic htenstein\, Murakami etc. - UNSOLD

In the documentary "The Mona Lisa Curse\," Robert Hughes traces the current celebritization/monati zation of art to 1963 when the Mona Lisa was first exhibited in the US. "Pe ople came not to look at the painting but to say they'd seen it."

Figurative painting\, prosaic photography in contemporary museums now? Pl ayed-out Dada tricks\, banality\, and other lackluster convention\, (often under the rubric of theory\,) dominate as they historically have. Is it tim e for the term 'contemporary' to step down from the throne of the new\, wit h a successor willing to hold tactile\, polyvalent court? (with a sense of humor)

Of course\, "there are some hedge fund guys with amazing collections\," mentions curator Renee Vara\, but can the current liquidity squeeze foment reflection on where art goes from here? Money spent may conn ote 'value\,' but are there other entities such as the Brooklyn Rail which can foster independent evaluation beyond the sacrosanct dollar?

Each of the panelists will discuss some artists whom they feel to be harbin gers of stimulating future art directions.

LOCATION:Rupert Ravens Contemporary\,85 Market Street \n Newark \, NJ 07102 SUMMARY:When New is Old Art After Meltdown\, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado\, Pat Be ll\, Mary Birmingham\, Phong Bui\, 
Gae Savannah\, Robert Storr END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR