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Friday, October 01, 2004

SOS, BMA?

Today's print version of The New York Times carries an eight-page advertising section for its revamped cultural coverage scheduled to launch this Sunday.

I've been snarky about visual arts coverage lately in the Times, and I was hoping for good things from the remake. After looking through today's teaser, though, I'm not so sure we're in for any change.

The center two pages contain headshots and blurbs to introduce the paper's 26 critics, what it bills as "an extraordinary gathering of brilliant cultural commentators." Instead of providing additional coverage for the visual arts, the Times has kept the status quo in this field: Cotter, Kimmelman, and Smith.

I honestly hope I'm wrong about this, but here's my prediction. This long awaited, highly billed remake is going to give us the Same Old Stuff, But with More Advertising.

That said, things aren't hopeless. Browse on over there now to take a look at Michael Kimmelman's review of the Dan Flavin exhibition opening at the National Gallery this weekend. It's a nice piece on an artist who sits strongly in Kimmelman's sweet spot.



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