Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NYC
The Brucennial 2012 is the kind of show that makes all of us at Artsicle smile.
From our interns beating the bushes for raw undiscovered talent, to our developers who spend their days doing a little something I like to call “hacking the mainframe”, the entire Artsicle team spent Thursday night and the following afternoon basking in the the glow that can’t help accompany a trip to the Brucennial- which, as of this afternoon, remained a PBR charged, cigarette smoke filled hangout for the Bruces and co-conspirators.
While show reviews, remarks, reflections haven’t been something we’ve traditionally done here at the Artsicle Blog, as the de-facto editor of this here blog, I see blog content like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart notably saw pornography... “I know it when I see it.”
If ever there were a biennial, group show, mass exhibition...whatever you want to call it, worth writing about on this blog, the Brucennial is it.
For the first time in my relatively short tenure in the New York art community did it feel like just that- a community. With work from circa 400 artist’ works hung floor-to-ceiling (and then some) in a massive three tiered exhibition space, it would be hard not to feel the community in it. Seeing the work of numerous auction-house art-handlers, gallery interns, and other part-time artists hanging along side big names like Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, George Condo, and Richard Prince is enough to charm even the most skeptical of art world cynics. Might it be damned as a self important dabbling in relational aesthetics by a gaggle of Whitney-excluded MFAs? Sure. But who cares?
The Bruce High Quality Foundation has been around since 2001, and since then has used their talent, cunning, and creativity to continually remind the world that there is an alternative to the monolithic, snobby, moneyed art world...and if the 2012 Brucennial is any indication, it is alive and well.
Hats off to the Bruces, and curator Vito Schnabel for giving us at least one Biennial to be excited about this year.
Don’t take my word for it, see it yourself at 159 Bleecker Street until April 1.
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