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April 18, 2006

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Arthur Whitman

Not surprisingly, I have my doubts. I've already commented a little on the assumption that artists must take an "oppositional" stance toward culture or society. It seems to me that the use of "subversive" in the title, along with the minimizing qualifer, has more to do with a sort of reflexive reliance on such assumptions than the work itself.

I value playfulness and imagination much more than any kind of calculated effort to be "oppositional" or "subversive". These claims seem to me remnants of a kind of modernist rhetoric which has largely outlived its usefulness. This kind of talk is usually tediously academic (in the perjorative sense). I suspect McGinness intends "Mildly Subversive" in an ironic way, but I don't find that particularly amusing.

JL

I suspect McGinness intends "Mildly Subversive" in an ironic way, but I don't find that particularly amusing.

I'm sure you're right--hence the "slap and tickle" aspect of it. It's playing at politics, winking at it while not really being invested in it. Not I'd necessarily think it was better if he were, but nevertheless: it was a very low-risk maneuver.

Arthur Whitman

To clarify my last comment: I don't have any problem with subversion in art per se, but I do have one with it being used as facile promotional talk or as airy academic rhetoric without discernable relationship to the actual object.

carolyn zick

Do you think McGinness is like a confection? Last spring, I remember sitting in the PS1 cafe, tired, drained from seeing too much art and suddenly realizing I was surrounded by him. I was having a moment of loving all things

carolyn zick

Do you think McGinness is like a confection? Last spring, I remember sitting in the PS1 cafe, tired, drained from seeing too much art and suddenly realizing I was surrounded by him. I was having a moment of loving all things Beautiful Losers, and it gave me a 5 second lift...but I haven't thought about him really since then. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand I guess.

carolyn zick

oh how I hate being repetitive.

JL

oh how I hate being repetitive.

'Sokay. At least I turned off the awful comment authentication that Typepad started without asking me. Until spam actually becomes a real problem for me, I'm going to try to avoid asking people to type "sdhgdgede" or whatever into a box before they can comment.

Anyway, sure, a confection, I'd agree. It's hard not to respond to all the bright colors and curving lines (from a decor point of view, it doesn't that a number of his paintings, like the one on green background at the Beautiful Losers site, recall hanging plants.) It goes down easy and sweet. And that's hardly the worst thing in the world, but one's hardly surprised to want something else.

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