When New is Old Art After Meltdown

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When New is Old Art After Meltdown

85 Market Street
Newark , NJ 07102
December 14th, 2008 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Opening: December 12th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

conceptual, figurative
$12.00/in advance | $20.00/at the door


When New is Old
Art After Meltdown

Panel Discussion with:

Pat Bell
Vice President, Merrill Lynch, collector
Phong Bui
Publisher, Brooklyn Rail, artist
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
Curator, Jersey City Museum
Mary Birmingham
Curator, Hunterdon Museum

and Special Guest
Robert Storr
Curator, Dean of the Yale School of Art
and Artistic Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale

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

Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:00PM
followed by a Holiday Party

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

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

Figurative painting, prosaic photography in contemporary museums now? Played-out Dada tricks, banality, and other lackluster convention, (often under the rubric of theory,) dominate as they historically have. Is it time for the term 'contemporary' to step down from the throne of the new, with 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 connote '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 harbingers of stimulating future art directions.