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Sunday, September 18, 2005

What I Missed; What I’ll Be Missing

Robert Smithson’s Floating Island debuted around Manhattan this past weekend. I had invitations to a couple different opening events, but I wasn’t able to attend either. Actually, since I’m stuck on the other side of the Atlantic, I’m not going to get to see the piece at all. Not to worry, though, as the Times is all over this story like salt precipitate on Spiral Jetty. (Update: Brian Sholis has made a collection of his photographs from these events available for public viewing.)

This weekend I also (almost) missed Carol Vogel’s Friday exclusive: the announcement of a date for the Pierre Huyghe extravaganza on the ice rink in Central Park that I mentioned last year. October 20, Vogel reports, is when the fun will occur. I’m afraid I’m going to have to miss that too—much as I had been looking forward to seeing the madness in person.

Next weekend I’m going to have to miss a public project in my own neighborhood that looks like it will be interesting. Elaine Gan, a participant in this year’s Bronx Museum AIM 25 program, will be controlling crowd movement through the public space of Sara D. Roosevelt park. There is a simulation of what the piece will look like available here. Browse to the top level of the site to see documentation of several other similar projects.

Finally, according to The Art Newspaper, it looks like I missed the chance to invest in ABN-AMRO’s fund of art funds which has been unceremoniously closed down due to lack of market interest. As much as I love the private equity and hedge fund guys, I have to say that I’m glad that the financial markets aren’t quite ready to treat art as just another type of commodity to trade. Hopelessly romantic of me, I know.

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