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Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula
     

Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula

by Walter Robinson, Tom Patchett (Editor), Tom Patchett
 
Dubbed "the National Enquirer of the Art World" by the New York Post, Coagula stands alone among art publications in providing iconoclastic, irreverent commentary, gossip, and reportage on the New York and Los Angeles art scenes. Both greatly loved and vehemently loathed, Coagula has been a magnet for controversy since its inception. Most Art Sucks is a compendium of

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Dubbed "the National Enquirer of the Art World" by the New York Post, Coagula stands alone among art publications in providing iconoclastic, irreverent commentary, gossip, and reportage on the New York and Los Angeles art scenes. Both greatly loved and vehemently loathed, Coagula has been a magnet for controversy since its inception. Most Art Sucks is a compendium of the best of Coagula Art Journal, as well as insider dirt on the art world elite. Included are essays on artists such as Gilbert & George, Lari Pittman, and Carolee Schneeman; interviews with Karen Finley, Newsweek's Peter Plagens, and MoMA's Robert Storr; and infamous satires of art world pretensions.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The Los Angeles-based 'zine Coagula has made its mark by publishing the kind of rumor and invective that art scenesters trade in smokey bars after a night of gallery hopping--but not the kind of thing any serious magazine would publish in the light of day. As such, it has an obvious appeal for struggling artists who feel that the system has snubbed them, and it is perused by gallerists who turn the pages hoping their names don't appear. This quinquennial collection brings together such predictable pieces as the "25 most obnoxious people in the art world" and a parodic summary of gallery owner Larry Gagosian's career. But those who know the rag only by reputation may be surprised to find one of the most balanced considerations of Ron Athey's performance art and a blistering attack on 60 Minutes's cheap shot at contemporary art. Maybe the editors don't simply hate art after all, just its attendant hype and hoopla. This is far from the final word on the art world in the 1990s, but it does present a point of view that gets little airing elsewhere. Recommended for academic and special libraries supporting art programs.--Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781889195162
Publisher:
Smart Art Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.65(d)

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