And Then There Were Two: Focus on Retrospectives at The Review Panel
At The Review Panel November 15 panel at Brooklyn Public Library, a cherished rule is to be put aside. When selecting shows for discussion, of which there are usually four, there is a requirement that we be looking at “a recent body of work” by a single, living artist. I guess the rationale is that if a panel comes down hard on a show, the “victim” has time to improve! But what happens to a retrospective in such circumstances? It so happened, however, that when the long list was sent to guests Zoë Lescave, Nancy Princenthal and Christian Viveros-Fauné and retrospectives hadn’t been weeded out already, the consistent choices were for career surveys. So, David Cohen and his guests will look at two artists only, dwelling for longer on each on the basis that a whole career survey needs careful unpackaging, and that attention will also dwell on the curatorial endeavor. The exhibitions are by Kerry James Marshall at Met Breuer and Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum.
The second of those two shows opens to the public this weekend: Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty. Kerry James Marshall has been open for a week or so.
A word to the wise: Tuesday, the day of the panel, is alas one of Brooklyn Museum’s closed days. It won’t be possible to go from museum to library on the same block on Eastern Parkway – unless you camp in the Botanical Gardens for a couple of nights.