Friday, March 30, 2018

Is it Art? A counterintuitive video

In terms of commentary on contemporary art - and what museums like to show, see how long you can last while watching this video before you laugh out loud! (I didn't last very long at all....)

I posted this on my Facebook Page and after it had reached 6k+ people, 60+ likes and had 68 shares it struck me I really need to share this on the blog too

Is it art?
So this is....
Will Ferrell and Joel McHale join curator Aram Moshayedi for a tour of “Stories of Almost Everyone.” On view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, January 26–May 6, 2018.
PLUS (below the video - and not available on Facebook!) 
a collection of links to the story behind the exhibition and this video

The Exhibition

First the trad artspeak version.
A comment in the Frieze article
The presentation itself is refreshingly un-showy, sardonically allusive of the pragmatic efficiencies of art storage rather than gallery display 

The Video

Next some alternative perspectives

So what did you think?


  1. Thank you for taking the time to research this! They may consider it tongue-in-cheek, but the reason it's so funny it's because they are saying what most of us think but don't say outloud--it's the truth. I don't think it's going to get more people to come see the exhibition (their purpose for the video) because it just reinforces what we already think, it's pretty stupid. Love Joel McHale's comment: "they've got a guard at night to keep someone from coming in to the socks". Please.

  2. A few years ago, a local (Australian) exhibition included an ironing board with an iron sitting in it and a shirt thrown over it, as one of the entries.

  3. Thanks for brightening my day .... the Emperor's New Clothes


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