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Roxy Paine on the Roof: Malestrom, 2009. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Installation art can be defined as an artistic genre of site-specific, three-dimensional works designed to transform the perception of a space. Since the 1960s and 70s, this medium of artwork has evolved and manifested itself in museums and galleries as well as public and private spaces across the globe. While installation art was born out of more traditional practices of artwork, it has a completely different approach. Most paintings are presented as snapshots of life or a specific vision and are hung on a neutral wall. Conversely, installations take into account the viewer’s entire sensory experience and seek to create a complete environment that the viewer becomes a part of. (more…)

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SKIN FRUIT: John Bock, Maltratierte Fregatte, 2006/07. Installation with mixed mediums, dimensions variable; video Maltratierte Fregatte, 66:41 min; and video Untergang der Medusa, 9:37 min. The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens.

Should museums allow artists to curate shows in which their work is featured? Since Jeff Koons’ acceptance to curate an exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art  which opened this week , onlookers have voiced their feelings of apprehension towards the Museum’ choice. The main point of contention is that Koons’ own work plays a vital roll in the collection that is exhibited. How can an artist give an educational and objective view of work that is his own? Furthermore, the show focuses on works from the private collection of Greek billionaire, Dakis Joannou who is not only a trustee of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, but also a close friend of Koons and his number one supporter. Some have raised the concern that this is a major conflict of interest, since the Museum has to spend almost no money to borrow works for the show, and every piece of art included will increase in value from being exhibited. It appears that both Koons and the Museum could jeopardize their reputation if the public is displeased with the overall exhibit’s final result. (more…)

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