When “New” Replaces “Good”

Over at Black Star Rising, David Saxe wrote about how curators are now evaluating some work – and the only criteria seems to be whether it is “new.”

So what we’ve seen is photographers making their photographs larger, changing the format from rectangular to square, and authoring more loquacious artist statements. This is the new “new.”

The subject is as boring as ever — but look, it’s so much bigger now! That should be worth a gallery opening and a higher asking price, shouldn’t it?

Mark E. Johnson

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