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    If this 'piece' were the model for a proposed residential tower in NYC my opinion would be quite positive; some vague praise such as "lovely looking" or "nice proportions'" "elegant, yet understated".

    On the other hand, as a work of 'art', it is feckless flat-out boring piece of junk.

    My general attitude on the subject of aesthetics results in my having an entirely different 'evaluative criteria' for Architecture than I do for the Fine Arts: a process of evaluation that gives a 'pass' to Kaufmann the Architect - but not to 'artists' Knox Martin or Sol LeWitt.

    I do enjoy hearing the commentary of the 'art critics' and other art/architecture 'experts' but their words rarely resonate with me: which is a nice way of saying they mostly talk a lot of "bullshit".

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    Takes one to know one

    Folks can ignore the history of modern American art if they like, but to trash Sol LeWitt and others based on only one of his works is BS of a different sort -- smellier and nastier, too.

    Next thing we'll hear is that someone's kids could have done it better.

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    Lofter...no one is "ignoring" the history of modern art.
    We're giving our opinion on a piece of art. So stop being an art nazi.
    If you don't think the art world is the biggest swindle game going, just ask any artist....in any case don't try to lecture us about art history. Some of us had it drilled into our brains for years and still don't have to drink the Kool-Aid about any one artist or piece. Art is subjective, as you well know. And interpretation of history can be too.

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    The history of an art does not validate the latest production.

    A piece has to not only fulfill the position as the latest in its genre, but be able to stand on its own, otherwise it is not really a work, but a part of a collection.

    This rectilinear stacking of boxes is more reminiscent of things like summer sprinkler systems in children's parks than actual eye-catching or thought provoking representative construction.

    The only thought that comes to my mind when when seeing it is "WTF".

    And I know that will not be the only thought when I hear of the price it cost us to "enjoy" it as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidtownGuy View Post

    So stop being an art nazi.
    Who is being the art nazi here?

    You'll see that no where here have I stated an opinion about the LeWitt piece. It doesn't really engage me.

    As you note: history, like art, is subjective. It's pointless to ignore the trajectory of art > commerce. After all, we now live in a city where the officials declare what art should be viewable and (as you point out) use our taxpayer money to make sure we see it and at the same times spend thousands erasing work that many find far more evocative.

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    OK... but just to keep it straight, we weren't trying to ignore the trajectory of art and commerce, we were ridiculing it.

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    DNA Info
    Sol LeWitt's 'Structures' Rise in City Hall Park
    April 19, 2011 11:55am

    The Sol LeWitt exhibit opens May 24, but the pieces are already taking shape.
    Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110419/down...#ixzz1K0ngYoog

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    DSCN1474 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


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    I think there may be some profound inner truth here...if you convert it all to pyramid-inches.

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    The essence of the NYC 1916 Zoning Resolution rendered in cinder blocks.

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    How long will this be up?

    The ledges will be attacked by water. (Process already underway)

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    LeWitt Exhibition:

    "The City Hall Park exhibit opens May 24 and will run through Dec. 2"

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    ^ Might be a bit of a ruin by then.

    (Maybe that's OK.)

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    I'm tempted to climb it.....

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    So yesterday i visited City Hall Park....


    DSCN2150 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN2148 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN2147 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN2146 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN2145 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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