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, anyway, says something about who–and when–I am . . .
And yet, 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 and the why but the worth of the two-sided (artist-viewer) dynamic. This blog attempts energetic summaries of recommended exhibitions around town, intending to address relative newbies and, at times, the already converted via related news and reference to 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. I stand at the margins of the middle, in terms of art historical foundations and access to/in the “art world” (not to mention, as long-time subterranean art local yokel).
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 other quick visual references, as the vast majority will be easily accessible).
JBCB is an art historian and educator based in New York (Ph.D., SUNY/Stony Brook, 2001). She has taught at colleges and universities around the country for nearly two decades, among them, UCF (Orlando), Lincoln University (PA), Christopher Newport University (VA), and St. John’s University (NY).
“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)
Email contact: JBCB