Flashbacks and Forecasts in the World of Art from Carol Vogel recounts creative if not cunning stories from the past, recaps currents in the art-world, and looks forward. One thing we may be left to wonder is if the market is stratifying.
Mega-Museums and Super-galleries are pushing out and up. Like beacons they have become more available and inclusive, sharing their visions and exposing their holdings with ever-broader audiences. The only way to go, after all, is up. The risk is fatigue from the side of the artist, who is asked to produce at ever-faster rates, and perhaps too the public, at least as far as the art fair scene goes. How much can one visually consume and retain let alone spend year after year?
This is being counter-balanced, however, by the new and the nimble- the smaller museums, and one could argue, the same of smaller or more regional galleries (if they are not swallowed up by the more mighty). Both can move with swift response, as they lack layers of bureaucracy and red-tape. They still can play on a world stage through virtual-viewing, something the article does not touch on, and is plagued by its own complications. Yes, the message could risk being diffuse with so many voices, but it is refreshing to think more can enter the game from creation to appreciation. One would hope all of this means more ears not only more voices.
Whatever we may take or ask after reading Vogel’s premonitions we must admit: its an interesting time to be in the market.
Read Flashbacks and Forecasts by Carol Vogel in the New York Times.