First You Get The Money, Then You Get The Power

As the year winds to an end, I think I can officially say it: the art world is whack. It's all about the Benjamins, and I don't mean Walter.

I was going to post a diatribe, but instead, I'll just point out what I've already said in print: the small comparison I made between the ravenous fixation on Richard Prince's appropriations and the parodic, poll-driven works of Komar & Melamid; my calling into question the credibility of a system [i.e., price] that persists in systematically discounting the influence, importance, and value of half the culture; a pair of artists' self-serving embrace of that same system to overinflate the importance of their work; and the apparently unstoppable influence of the market on the conceptual underpinnings of an artist's work after he's gone.

Jerry Saltz hits on a lot of it in his great, biting end-of-year essay in the Voice this week. [I'm glad someone else will call BS on that hilariously embarassing Wizard of Oz photospread in Vogue last month. The idea that someone with a straight [sic] face asked the famously closeted Jasper Johns to be the Cowardly Lion? If I didn't know how deadly serious the Vogue people took it, I'd say it was the awesomest slam ever of the whole artist-as-vapid-celebrity schtick since Francesco Vezzoli.]

Here's hoping that in 2006, somehow the bubble will pop, the winds will change, and not too many of my friends' livelihoods will suffer too much as a result; because I'm looking forward to seeing the art that comes out of it.

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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