Tom Moody
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The Rematerialization of Art


Thanks, Domenico,
Re: your disappointment in Rhizome, I had hoped that Ed might pop in to defend the show he recommended so you didn't have to do it yourself, but it seems he has also left the building.
We've discussed these issues at length on my blog (including with several artists in your show, hence the first person plural). I will spare you a long list of links.
You are "preaching to the choir," as we say here in America.
You have organized your show around a defensive idea, and that is never a good idea.
If you make the ideas sexy and package them reasonably well, the rest will follow. Talking about the packaging is only interesting if it raises content issues with respect to the work. That might have been an interesting topic.

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The Rematerialization of Art


So is an "editioned photo" at this point. We make compromises (arbitrary cutoffs of supply, agreeing to respect the edition, etc.) to help support artists in this cruel world.
I can't believe I'm talking about this at this late date.
Maybe Paul Slocum, who occasionally chimes in on blogs, will tell us what he hopes to accomplish by being in this show--how it helps or expands the dialog around his work.
As in, "My work was in a show about selling new media because..."
Or Olia? C'mon!

To me the issue is not material vs immaterial but rather dumb show idea vs smart show idea.

And don't get me wrong--I've been in some dumb shows. Just not on this theme.

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The art world has been selling souvenirs of dematerialized acts since the 60s. There's nothing wrong with artists getting paid. Talking about it is boring, though.

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The Rematerialization of Art


Hi, Ed,
Am I to understand that this is an exhibit organized in a non-profit space, the theme of which is, "how artists are finding ways to get paid out there in the commercial realm"?

This is meager grist for a show.

If the theme is "all contemporary art is, someway, new media art" then Bernard and Quaranta really need to come over to NY and see the Whitney Biennial 2008 and "Unmonumental," shows that seem designed to prove the opposite assertion.

The galleries in those shows are dominated by physical objects and seem to be saying that assemblage is the most important practice.

We haven't talked in a while, hope all is well.

Best, Tom

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Dime store Buddha
Buddha made by local artisans
Custom-cast bronze Buddha in edition of 3 made by Reid, my fabricator.