I’ve contributed a ‘translation’ of Roberta Smith’s 2007 review of Christoph Büchel’s tarped over show at Mass MoCA to the Flag Art Foundation’s summer group show, ‘The Times’. I’ve modified her original review to address some of the issues present in my exhibition ‘After The Contemporary’ at the Aldrich in Connecticut, but primarily to replace a 2007 work New York Times Review (Almost) that has disappeared. The work has gone missing and I’m not quite sure what happened to the drawing, so I’ve replaced it. I was also thinking about the diminishing presence, both physical and intellectually of the Times, and perhaps the loss of credibility following its horrible election coverage and recent editorial hires. The decision to propose my own review isn’t wholly solipsistic and self-referential, but a reminder that The NY Times cut all of its regional arts coverage, which only serves to further New York’s bubble of self-importance.
An arts journalist pointed out to me that the new drawing, New York Times Review (After Büchel), is the only visual art work in the show that represents the digital version of the times (although I learned another artist, Jason Bailer Losh from Los Angeles, has created a series of podcasts inspired by the Times for the show). I found it amusing that I was the only artist to visually reference the way many of us, who still subscribe, end up reading the Times, on screens.
Posted by William on 6 June 2017