Warhol had latched on to Basquiat as a career-freshening protégé and collaborator, and Warholian cunning informed the ultra-smart inventions of Neo-Geo, the milieu’s one launched movement that attained exit velocity, preoccupying the wider art world for a couple of seasons. Jeff Koons, the magus of an aesthetic that transforms commodities into art, which is then presented as the ultimate commodity, was overqualified for the East Village on arrival.

- bill 1-20-2005 6:22 am

"A leading exegete of theory on the scene, Craig Owens, hatched the keenest critique of East Village art, in one word: 'Puerilism.' (Why the slur’s victims didn’t promptly embrace it, on the model of 'Fauvism,' I don’t know; maybe they lacked ready access to a dictionary.)"

Can you say...condescending?
- tom moody 1-20-2005 6:37 am [add a comment]

the EV scene was simply about a generation of boomers having just graduated art school and there not being enough slots in the art establishment system to be heard (seen). so artist/art school grad run galleries proliferated until the storefront rents in the neighborhood skyrocketed and day jobs could no longer cover the rent. the DIY EV galleries along with regional punkrockers and zine producers were the bloggers of their day. EV artists created autonomy in the top heavy artworld of fatcat collectors, magazine editors and critics, soho and 57th st galleries and blue chip mo-fos of all stripes. an attempt at artist's empowerment. why so nasty PETER, feel threatened ?

- bill 1-20-2005 7:01 pm [add a comment]

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