Thursday, March 17, 2011

"There's a whole constituency in the art world that acts like hall monitors, policing the manners of everyone." (UPDATED)

That's Peter Schjeldahl, quoted in Judith Dobrzynski's follow-up to her New York Times article today on the growing prevalence of single-collector exhibitions. She adds that "he, like so many others, just wants to see art that's normally behind locked doors." Also: "This certainly should not be the third-rail kind of issue that some art pundits want to make it." Very few of them are.

UPDATE: The Art Market Monitor: "Dobrzynksi makes an excellent argument for the essential role of collectors in defining collecting fields and amassing collections that no institution could ever form by committee."