April 2015: Sharon Butler, Noah Dillon and John Yau with moderator David Cohen
Two institution-wide survey fixtures are up for debate at The Review Panel taking place this evening, April 17. At the popular critics’ forum, now in its tenth year at the National Academy Museum, David Cohen’s guests are Sharon Butler, Noah Dillon and John Yau. The exhibitions are the Triennial at the New Museum and the Invitational at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, downtown and way uptown respectively.
At his Facebook page, the moderator of The Review Panel (and editor of artcritical.com) David Cohen recounted an amusing episode last weekend when he took a class of students from the New York Studio School students to the American Academy. “I had the students play the game the panel will play next week – awarding three imaginary purchase prizes. Awarded to artists not works, no consideration of factors like ” so and so deserves a break, so and so is well known already”, purely on merit. five students, two laissez faire males and three strong willed women. From the short list of twelve after a round of general advocacy and votes taken, Harry Roseman was the clear front runner. After some debate, Brenda Goodman emerges for second place. But then there is fierce battle for the last spot. Two of the women are adamant John Walker fans, an impassioned third, an Irishwoman, argues as if her life depends upon it for Kyle Staver. The other two admire the strength of her argument, and do indeed like Staver, but won’t budge in their votes for Walker and carry the men with them.
The two shows are a contrast of medium proclivity: while new technologies predominate at the Triennial, an international survey of early-career artists filling all floors of the New Museum’s Bowery headquarters, the Invitational has a bias towards painting and artists of all career stages. The Triennial has been curated by Lauren Cornell of the New Museum and artist Ryan Trecartin while the Invitational is selected by a committee of academicians.
John Yau, the eminent poet and respected critic, has been a regular guest of The Review Panel. Our other two speakers are newcomers: Sharon Butler is the veteran blogger at Two Coats of Paint, while Noah Dillon has been Associate Editor at artcritical.com since last summer.