The 'Art World Has Lost Its Mind,' With a Little Help from the New York Times
by Jen Graves
on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM
First came Marina Abramovic re-creating classic pieces of performance art at the Guggenheim, and people digging it and talking about it.
Then came Marina Abramovic sitting in a chair staring at people at MoMA while other performers re-performed her own early works, and people lost their minds over it.
Somewhere in there came the Marina Abramovic movie, which was largely content-less if you didn't count her narcissism. People loved it!
Then came Marina Abramovic and Jay-Z. There were no words, except "The Day Performance Art Died," on Hyperallergic.
Now come these brilliant quotes on the front page of yesterday's New York Times:
Lindsay Zoladz, a writer at Pitchfork, an online music publication, wrote on Twitter: “The video in ‘Infinite Jest’ that entertains you to death has finally come.”
“I respect Marina a lot in the overall sense, but I think the art world has lost its mind,” said Amelia Jones, a professor of art history at McGill University. “I keep wondering what’s next — is she going to set up her own small country somewhere?”
NOW YOU ARE FULLY UP TO DATE ON MARINA ABRAMOVIC NEWS.
How will we ever begin to address the fact that Marina Abramovic is taking over the world? BY PUBLICIZING HER, OF COURSE. Oh, media. We are screwed. Witness: this post is about Marina Abramovic. Wah-wah.
P.S. UPDATE: Frizzelle wanted "my take" on yesterday's story, so here it is. He feels it needs explaining that it is no accident that I am not linking to the New York Times story, or to any other Marina Abramovic news. Soon enough she will have her own news agency that will send dispatches straight into your brain, anyway.