Broad Generalizations

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art

I’m kinda surprised more people have not been arguing the Roberta Smith position in today’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum review from the start: LACMA can and should do better than Eli Broad’s predictable, white, conservative, auction-house collection. Maybe it’s good they didn’t get the gift.

But the comedy in today’s paper is the Broad Art Foundation’s straight-faced response to the Guerrilla Girls, who attacked the show for reasons outlined in Smith’s review. It’s a battle of statistics that’s reminiscent of partisan tax cut fights and probably something we can look forward to for the rest of 2008: the Broad show is either 13 percent or 33 percent women, depending. No points for guessing whose stat is whose. Maybe the Broad Foundation genuinely believes that a wall of Cindy Shermans does an inclusive presentation make.

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And Speaking of Broad

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