SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

November 16, 2012

Looking at the art world

When Martha Buskirk looks at contemporary art, she sees the forces that shaped it, most of which come from the art world where it appears.

“I’m looking at contemporary art and trying to think about how both its incorporation into museums, and its promotion as part of an art marketplace, changes the nature of art itself,” said Buskirk, a professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art.

In her book “Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art Between Museum and Marketplace,” published this spring, Buskirk spends a chapter discussing “Yard” by Allan Kaprow, a work that has been displayed “at least 10 times” since 1961.

The installation is a collection of automobile tires, which visitors are free to rearrange as they please, and that Kaprow has also varied over time.

“In 1991, instead of having tires all around the place, they were presented on orderly racks against pink walls with a Fiat parked in front,” Buskirk said.

By changing to reflect Kaprow’s evolving ideas of what art should be, the work embodies the themes of Buskirk’s book.

“The artist is part of a larger set of forces,” she said. “The larger set of forces wind up intersecting with the creation of the work over time.”

Buskirk will lecture on those forces in December, at Art Basel in Miami, which she calls “a huge art market” that is becoming a center of the art world.

Her talk will be on the itinerary of a “Behind the Scenes” expedition — led by Montserrat Gallery director Leonie Bradbury — which is being offered to the public during the college’s winter session.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • Jenson1 Salsa spirit Dance party will benefit Jazz & Soul Festival Salsa spirit

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • rhinaespaillat Survival through art Rhina Espaillat met many survivors of the Holocaust when she was growing up in New York and was often impressed by their strength of mind. "I was always surprised to meet people who came through the Holocaust not only physically whole, but mentally w

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140422_SN_HAND_READERSEYE The reader's eye Name: Sarah Rydgren Hometown: Salem Description: Taken during a ride through the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire last week. I love the mountains, and this stretch of highway is one of my favorite roads to travel. I am a self-taught photographer a

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • shellfish North Shore Entertainment Calendar

    Good causes LIBRARY FUNDRAISER AND STORY PROGRAM. Thursday, April 24, 1 to 4 p.m., Swizzles Frozen Yogurt, 421 Paradise Road, Vinnin Square, Swampscott. Swampscott Public Library fundraiser features a free story and music program for children of all

    April 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • benefitrace Good cause Racing for a reason On Sunday, Salem State University hosts its 18th annual North Shore Fitness 5K Road Race and Fun Walk, starting at 9 a.m. at the O'Keefe Sports Complex, 225 Canal St., Salem. Advance registration is $18 for Gassett Fitness members

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Parents appalled by man’s indifference to son Dear Abby: My 23-year-old son, "Wayne," who is single, has a 3-year-old son. We didn't learn about the child until he was more than a year old, when Wayne was asked to take a paternity test. Luckily, we have been able to form a good relationship wit

    April 24, 2014

  • Thursday's Best Bets Best Bets for Thursday, April 24

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Married couple’s sex life is all about the numbers Dear Abby: I have been married to a wonderful man for 30 years. Our marriage may not be perfect, but it's quite good. My dilemma is this: My husband keeps track of every time we have sex and has a personal goal of 100 times a year. In 2013, he infor

    April 23, 2014

  • Wednesday's Best Bets Best Bets for Wednesday, April 23

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Don't meddle in office affair unless it interferes with work

    Dear Abby: I manage a group of 15 employees. A few months ago, I hired the wife of an old friend. Until now she has been a great employee, but recently, she and a male co-worker have been taking lunches and breaks together in a way that leads me to b

    April 22, 2014

NDN Video
Comments Tracker