Ben Davis gives an object lesson in how to write a negative review that isn't mean, is entertaining to read, and makes a cogent meta-point along the way: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Björk Show at MoMA Is Bad, Really Bad."
Samples, for those who prefer not to go read it:
"There's another creepy mannequin of Björk as a psychedelic Sherpa, from her 2007 Wanderlust video. There are many other creepy mannequins. Now that I think about it, this may be more of a show for fans of creepy mannequins than it is for fans of Björk."
"Once you have cleared a gallery, guards prevent you from going back, giving it the distinct feeling of being on a forced march through a prop closet."
Fun. (I like Artnet News, which is how I found this. You can subscribe to a daily or weekly newsletter. I should also say I was in love with Björk's darkling song "Human Behavior" a number of years back—no hate for her, although maybe visual art isn't her primary creative genius. Next Up at MoMA: David Byrne's album covers and big suits? Richard Gere's Tibetan photographs? Fingerpaint paintings Miley Cyrus makes with her tongue? C'mon, MoMA, take yourself seriously.)
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