Thursday, August 04, 2005

Kill Your Idols

Don't get me wrong. Idols of Perversity at Bellwether is a really good show. Predictable, but good. Go see it. I have to say I've never understood all of the adulation that gets thrown Bellwether's way. Like so many of their shows this one doesn't quite live up to the hype. I found myself rolling my eyes a few too many times to make up for the excellent pieces by John Currin, Peter Schoolwerth, Ruth Marten, Tim Mensching, and a couple others. Idols of Perversity is also too forced to be the subversive action it aspires to be. Painting, feminism, and twisted sexuality. Ooooh. Who could have seen that coming in 2005? Much more satisfying shows can be found at Feigen Contemporary, Alexander and Bonin, and Castelli. Go see them too and moreso.

As far as more challenging and consistent galleries go, check out Maccarone, The Project, and LFL/Zach Feur. Dem belly full. This trio knocks it out of the park everytime. They all have thoughtful and fiery programs that never fail to excite. Eat them up, yum.

Pieter Schoolwerth

Tim Mensching

Ruth Marten

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