White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the ICA Self-adornment is surely homo sapiens’ first art form: body painting, scarification, tattooing. Garments that offer anything more than basic protection from the elements or environment can be said to participate in that tradition. White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, through July 28 takes a broad, and as the title’s reference to Ovid suggests, rather poetic view of the subject. The exhibition, curated by Anthony Elms, makes no distinction between attire that was worn (RAMMΣLLZΣΣ) and clothing forms meant to be exhibited ... More » »
Yesterday was a red letter day in art writing in the print media. The New York Times ran a terrific article, Framing the Message of a Generation by Holland Carter, comparing two exhibits, “The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” at the New Museum. What seduced me was his lead on how some work gets canonized, other work not. But then he went on to discuss the whole idea of dividing art by age and how the two shows succeed and fail at this.
It’s young! It’s New! And Jesus, some of it is really pretty good–but not all of it. The New Museum exhibit The Generational: Younger than Jesus, the show of Gen Y Millenials and the first of what’s billed as a triennial roundup of what’s young and hot in art, is more about the show itself–a quickie soundbite txtng to the world how the internet and technology have changed art in light of the change in humanity’s self-view in a cyberworld where time and reality are radically different from the past.