Tuesday, September 20, 2011

News Item Seems Intentionally Designed to Annoy Cat Coombes

by Robert Boyd

I just saw this news item, "MacArthur Foundation Finds No Geniuses in the Art World, MoMA Curator Cagily Endorses Bob Dylan's Gagosian Show, and More Must-Read Art News," on Artinfo:
– No Geniuses in Art?: For the first time in 15 years, there are no contemporary visual artists on the illustrious list of MacArthur Foundation fellows. This year's culture-related recipients of the $500,000 "genius" grant include architect Jeanne Gang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein (at 29, the youngest grantee), jazz musician Dafnis Prieto, poet Kay Ryan, and composer Francisco Nunez. No visual artists, however, made the cut. This stands in stark contrast to last year, when fellows included sculptor Elizabeth Turk, installation artist Jorge Pardo, type designer Matthew Carter, and stone carver Nicholas Benson. (To be fair, Ubaldo Vitali, a fourth-generation silversmith, conservator, and scholar who makes original art, was awarded a grant this year, but that doesn't seem to be in the same realm as past grantees like Robert Irwin, Bill Viola, and Kara Walker.) (My bolding, Artinfo)
I'm sure Cat Coombes, author of the Craftism Manifesto, would disagree.


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