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Friday, February 18, 2005
obligitory Gates posting

Despite the wonderful pictures (found here and here) and Nina's wonderful story of sneaking into the press box for the opening, I must say that Christo's Gates in NYC doesn't thrill me. I tried to get into the hoopla and I've given up. Actually, I think if I were in NY the Gates would bug me. A friend of mine who lives there says everyone in her area hates them- that it is like safety orange and reminds her of the terror threat levels. The NY Times has an entire webpage devoted to the Gates with public reviews of the Gates. Some of these comments are especially amusing:
"The thing has to be a practical joke. A garish, giant, ORANGE, plastic-y practical joke. That's my explanation. I have no other." "The gates are a bunch of 4"x4"'s erected over paths and hung with construction orange material. Some great publicity guru is going to rake in a fortune in drawings and other documentation. Wish it were I. I seriously doubt with all of the loot involved, Christo even chose orange for any other reason than that it was on sale at some public auction. The lumber was a probably a closeout from a McMansion subdivision. And three weeks from now, nobody will care." "It seems to me that Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects are to the art world what doing a cannonball off the high board is to Olympic diving."
But, hey, art for arts sake is fine with me. I don't pretend to know a whole lot about art, but when I lived in NY I used to love getting lost in the met and moma, and my favorite, the tate modern in London. Maybe something in central park that tied in more with nature instead of screaming against it. But, I haven't seen the Gates so who knows what my in person reaction would be. All I do know is that the Gates in Mass are my favorite. Absolutely freakin' brilliant.

posted by knit wit | 2/18/2005 10:00:00 PM

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