On Photography 2
The San Diego Museum has a lavish exhibit of three series of photographs by Eleanor Antin, entitled Roman Allegories, Last Days of Pompeii, and Helen’s Odyssey. Thanks to Art:21 Blog for the excellent interview with Eleanor.
And my first ever “Barnum Award” goes to Gillian Wearing for her celebrated photograph at the 2008 Art Basel, entitled “Me As Arbus”. How was it celebrated? It sold for a little over $35,000. No photograph is worth 35K. No photograph is worth more than a couple hundred dollars at most, yet one does marvel at how an aesthetically boring, technologically common photograph could sell for 35K. For this reason Gillian Wearing receives the first ever “Barnum” for 2008. I sincerely congratulate you on your accomplishment.