Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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The Rematerialization of Art


Thanks for weighing in. We disagree on how to woo collectors but I'm not in the biz--I'll keep holding out for lofty content over "look, the Joneses are doing it.

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The Rematerialization of Art


You might, but Bernard and Quaranta didn't! They said it was about selling new media work, which Ed endorsed with a nice-sounding term (much the way critics used commodification in the 80s to explain Mary Boone).

People are defending this show based on what they want it to be, not what it is, a show about sales. Is that not a shopping cart in the picture at the top?


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The Rematerialization of Art


>>What exactly is the problem with organizing a show around collected artwork?

"Organizing a show around collected artwork"--no problem; that happens all the time. "Organizing a show around collecting work"--it's not enough, considering all the other things there are to talk about. It's like my complaint about "art about the art world"--it's too insular and meta.

>>What is the problem with good artists making
money selling GOOD work?

Are you addressing this question to me? Seems I've been defending that proposition all along.

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The Rematerialization of Art


Yes, Olia, that kind of proactive statement is what we need--what I was trying to say earlier is the junk assemblage in the Whitney and NewMu is old news, more exciting things are happening right now. In New York we have several galleries that are well along in this discourse of hybrid gallery-specific/net-specific art which may be partly why I am irritated with a show that still frames the issue defensively. As I said somewhere back up the thread, talking about how the embodiment of the art changes art is an interesting topic. That is not the topic of the show you are in, which is "proving new media art is sellable"--but hopefully you can turn it into something interesting.

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The Rematerialization of Art


A painting is labor invested towards an idea. Once the painting is finished it becomes a product that keeps on communicating the idea, long after the artist ceases to be associated with it. Despite the immateriality of art thought process and the potential for misunderstanding of the idea as embodied in the object, a consensus emerges about what the object means and its value. Hence an art market. It is now possible to have this same symbolic discourse with DVDs and data burned to hard drives, which, although not as durable as paintings can still be archived and owned. Can we please move on?