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. Yes, the late-boomer Seinfeld club is mostly veryt dated … yet, I continue to run across many college students and others who express mystification re: engagement with art–especially but not only contemporary art–and how’s, why’s, and worth of such endeavor. This blog attempts energetic summaries of recommended exhibitions around town for newbies (more or less) with that in mind, and also hopes to address, to varied extents, the already converted vis-a-vis current discourse. Rather than comprehensive reviews, the method is mainly reactive–with a few intermittent digressions implicit in the 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 text posts. Visitors are urged to google artist/museum/gallery images/details of the art discussed (all 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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