This is the stack on my nightstand this week. Art is always a balance between the sacred and profane, the purity of inspired creation and that uglier part, the marketplace. Ideally, and according to the "French system" dating from the nineteenth century, the two should never mix. That is what the "Front Room" in the "White Cubes" are designed to say to all who enter these galleries. But the "Back Room", well think bee hive, networks, social favor trading... info systems and carefully guarded lists. The very clever masters of the back room, those are the ones you want on your team. It's kind of like the cover shot on this month's Vanity Fair...all art, high style and beauty...not one hint of what it took to get there. Pure muscle, finesse, stamina and the masters of "Back Room rituals". Have you guessed which book in the stack I would rather be reading and which one I am?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Posted by Janice C. Cartier at 2:05 PM