CRITICISM IS ALIVE AND WELL AT THE NY TIMES
I used to think that good art criticism was dead and that all the toadies writing today were the devolved state of such critics, but the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman may have proven me wrong. In the immortal and slightly misquoted words of Mark Twain, "The report of my death is highly exaggerated." Mr. Kimmelman's reporting, including his recent fine and perceptive coverage of the Venice Biennale, is some of the best and courageous that I have seen from "art critics" in recent times. Give him a look at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/arts/design/15veni.html while the article is still available for free. In these days of fawning sycophants, it is refreshing to read someone who has both the stones and the ability to write intelligently about art. My congrats, not that he needs them.
SILVERSTEIN GETS A PROFILE IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Gallery owner and AIPAD member Bruce Silverstein got some well-deserved press recently from none other than the Wall Street Journal. You can see the full article at: http://startup.wsj.com/howto/successstories/20070614-landro.html .
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART BUYS SURREALIST PHOTOS
The Cleveland Museum of Art has bought 171 important surrealist photographs from New York photography collector and film producer David Raymond. The collection contained rare images from Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Man Ray, André Kertész, Eugene Atget and other photographers. Apparently several other major museums, dealers and collectors were in the hunt for Raymond's collection, which is considered one of the best such collections in the world. Cleveland has been on a tear lately when it comes to photography, and this only adds another trophy to the collection.