George: “I don’t get art.”
Jerry: “There’s nothing to get.”
George: “No, it always has to be explained to me, and then I have to have someone explain the explanation.”
(Seinfeld, “The Letter” episode; 1992)
Mutatis mutundis. Sorry (not sorry) — but, who among late-boomer NYers (me) does not flash that autonomous Seinfeld reference at the most unexpected moments? I continue to run across many college students and others who express mystification vis-a-vis engagement with art–especially but not only contemporary art–and question not only the how’s and why’s but the worth of the two-sided (artist-viewer) dynamic. This blog attempts energetic summaries of recommended exhibitions around town for newbies (more or less) with that observation in mind, and also hopes to address, to varied extents, the already converted with asides concerning related news or scholarly discourse.
Rather than comprehensive reviews, the method is mainly reactive–with a few sporadic digressions inherent in the blog form. Nonetheless, the matrix is always art at close hand. JBCB stands at the margins of the middle, in terms of art historical foundations and access to/in the “art world” (and long-time subterranean local).
Photographs of art posted on this site are taken by JBCB unless otherwise noted, for immediate art-educational reference only in conjunction with respective, specific exhibition review posts. Visitors are urged to google artworks/artists/museums/galleries mentioned for relevant images as virtually all are easily accessible).
JBCB is an art historian and educator based in New York (Ph.D., SUNY/Stony Brook, 2001); current teaching affiliations: St. John’s University (Queens, NY); Bronx Community College/CUNY.
“Je crois sincèrement que la meilleure critique est celle qui est amusante et poétique; non pas celle-ci, froide et algébrique, qui, sous prétexte de tout expliquer, n’a ni haine ni amour . . . .” Baudelaire (1846)
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” Frederick Douglass (1845)
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