I am admitting a huge amount of early-morning judgy-ness but even years ago, when I went, it seemed more important to be seen than to actually LOOK AT ART - either at the main event or at the myriad of satellite shows and events around the city. The amount of time spent planning the evening party hopping was...well...excessive. Now just looking at instagram or the blogs of garance doré and the man repeller I wonder if this is just what the art world is, a modern version of Medici excess mixed in with our ever increasing interest in the society of the spectated?
Better, I think is Ann Hamilton's piece at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
"Whether all this makes good art, I’m not sure. I don’t even know if this is art, participatory theater, a refreshing sociological experiment in how quickly adults will take up childish things, or perhaps a harbinger of the next fitness craze. Maybe it is Ms. Hamilton’s belated entry into the audience-centered relational aesthetics phenomenon, a tendency that her earlier work presages."
"The landscape of art has never been more vast or intriguingly bonkers. The pretentions and foibles, to mention nothing of the gobbledygook theoretical justifications that accompany all the neo-Duchamp-ian bollocks, provide many occasions for amusement, mockery, and parody."