DAILY PIC: Two images care of the punk couture show that previewed today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – and that I just panned on TheDailyBeast.com. In that cranky review, however, I didn’t have room to mention that, among the talentless couturier copycats of punk who dominate the show, there are also a few designers, such as Rei Kawakubo and Martin Margiela, who are genuine artistic geniuses. The thing is, I think that by including them the curators are guilty of that heinous sin that art historians call pseudomorphism: Imagining that because two artworks look the same, they also mean the same thing and play the same role in our culture. When Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook wore a Union Jack t-shirt in the late 1970s (left) his brash punk gesture meant something utterly different than when Rei Kawakubo, a Japanese intellectual, reworked the British flag (right) into runway fashion in 2006. Ditto for punk’s rebellious repurposing of junk and the Maison Martin Margiela’s thoughtful recycling of consumer goods in the fabulous Artisanal line it launched a few years ago. (Left, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Dennis Morris; right, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Catwalking)
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From Jon Rafman’s 9 Eyes.
This would be a great way of shooting down a counterargument if every other example in the story wasn’t about billionaire male collectors who buy the most fashionable work possible.
“Where are the female Steve Cohens?” is basically the question she is asking. Try as one might to frame it that way, the answer has nothing to do with art collecting habits. It has a lot more to do with a lack of female billionaires with hundreds of millions of pocket change to throw around at Christie’s.
(Further, the examples of the sort of “underappreciated” collecting style mentioned above — Herb and Dorthy Vogel, and to a lesser extent Alice Walton — sort of torpedoes the whole “where are the female collectors” argument IMO.)
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