Saturday, December 30, 2017


The things people tell us when telling us about something else.

In her November 30, 2017 Los Angeles Review of Books article on her late-1980s/early-1990s relationship with Knight Landesman, UC Irvine art historian Catherine Liu tells us a little bit about herself and her relationships prior to meeting the former Artforum publisher, including her relationship with (to?) Sophie Calle. All this in a single (topic) sentence:

Rising art star Sophie Calle made me her best friend for a few months and took me all over town while she tirelessly hustled her work and climbed the ladder of fame. 

Is this an ouch? The consequence of a big ego (Calle's) or a wounded one (Liu's)?

A bit of both?

Speaking of Artforum and egos, in a November 1, 2017 L.A.Times article entitled "What sexual harassment at Artforum reveals about who holds the power in art (hint: not women)", Carolina A. Miranda shares what Artforum co-publisher Charles Guarino said in response to "a query about the art world boys club" at a 2015 talk at Art Basel Hong Kong. After "noting that the magazine had a strong presence of women in its editorial ranks, among its other departments," Guarino had this to say: 

A lot of women aren’t going to like this, but from experience, I can tell you that anyone capable of doing another kind of work usually does; to be an artist, you need a really serious case of attention deficit disorder, a little bit of Asperger’s, and you need what I can only describe as a man-sized ego.

Following this, Miranda writes (in a single paragraphic space):

Why are there no great women artists? A lack of ego, he surmises.

Just a "lack of ego" ("man-sized" or otherwise)? What about "attention deficit disorder" and "Asperger's"? Does Miranda disagree that these clinical disorders and syndromes (disabilities?) are advantageous when it comes to achieving "greatness"? If so, why doesn't she say so? But if not, why doesn't she include them alongside "ego" when speaking of the things that women artists ostensibly "lack"? Don't mean to get all Richard Prince about it, but, well, c'mon, right?    

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