Tom Moody
Since 2002
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The Rematerialization of Art


Nasty Nets was not oppositional, it felt like the right thing to be doing. Ditto my blog. I'm interested in galleries with the same spirit. Obviously they're easier to do in Berlin than Manhattan. With a downturn we all may get to do work for the sheer love of it.
Sorry for trolling. My head was already exploding on this issue, but you get props for coming up with a dangerous coinage that I think others will use.

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The Rematerialization of Art


Hi, Ed and Domenico,
Returning briefly to this discussion after a 36 hour hiatus.
One of the reasons I turned off comments on my blog was people were always pointing to the long threads as evidence that the work being mostly pilloried was in fact good. Both of you guys have defended Holy Fire that way, and I suggest it is rather avoiding the question.
I am excited to read from Domenico's response that Brody Condon turned down the show and for excellent reasons. He is now in my hero canon along with Barnett Newman who refused to be in a Whitney show about "geometry in art."
I have some thoughts about Ed's "rematerialization of art" thesis vis a vis 40 years of art practice and will put them up on my blog.
Domenico, "Unmonumental" is dominated by physical sculpture and wall work--the new media stuff is sprinkled throughout and is mostly in back corridors. As I mentioned we have several galleries here in New York that make no distinction between the gallery and new media subcultures. A rich discussion is going on in them about the possibilities of hybridizing practices. Sales are part of the process of keeping gallery doors open, nothing more.

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The Rematerialization of Art


(That last comment was addressed to Paul.)

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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?