Christian Marclay vs. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston vs. Tracey Emin & Boy George (2011)
Much ado about nothing really, but London media/communications invades Boston and New York adding a nice little collection of well-placed, brand-building publicity outputs for artist Christian Marclay.
A collage of the publicity outputs, directly influenced by the collage work of the artist himself...
Want to be among the first at the Museum of Fine Arts next month when it unveils the latest art world phenomenon?
Get your checkbook ready.
The MFA is charging $200 for the chance to view the first complete Boston presentation by artist Christian Marclay of “The Clock,’’ [...] The museum explains that the fee helps pay for the overnight event [...] (16 AUG 11)
[...] Marclay’s critically acclaimed piece, purchased by LACMA and now purchased by the MFA is described by LACMA as " a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time, excerpted and edited together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is shown. The result marks the exact time in real time for the viewer for 24 consecutive hours." [...] (18 AUG 11)
After learning that the Museum of Fine Arts will first show his much-buzzed about 24-hour film, “The Clock,” next month at a $200-per-person party celebrating its new contemporary art wing, the film’s creator released a terse statement yesterday [...] (19 AUG 11)
[..] Mr. Marclay writes, in a letter that was distributed by his London gallery, White Cube: “It has always been my express wish that there should be no additional charge to view my work The Clock, over and above any general admission price to an institution or any other venue, nor should it be used in connection with the promotion, advertisement or sponsorship of any person or business.”[...] (19 AUG 11)
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has abandoned its original plan to charge $200 for its debut viewing of Christian Marclay’s The Clock, following outrage from Bostonians and a displeased statement from Mr. Marclay himself. Instead, the 24-hour video installation will now be shown a day earlier for free — with admission when the museum is open, completely free when not — with the $200 viewing party going ahead as planned. (25 AUG 11)
Critical Media Analysis alert
The Boston Globe’s need for a public editor — a reader’s advocate of the sort employed by the Globe’s corporate parent, the New York Times — once again became painfully clear in the wake of the paper’s bipolar coverage of the Museum of Fine Arts’ upcoming premiere of Christian Marclay’s celebrated 24-hour art film The Clock [...]
If the Globe still had a public editor — an ombudsman — readers could be informed how this state of affairs transpired. Did the outraged art experts come to the Globe with their complaints? Was the Globe forthcoming with all the facts of the situation when it interviewed those experts regarding the opening of The Clock? Why was the MFA’s general trend toward inclusivity not noted, even in passing? [...] (24 August 2011)
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