A review of artDC in DCist yesterday: www.dcist.com/archives/2007/04/27/artdc_1.php.

And my response to the critique and to the ensuing comments about the bloody performance art at Supple that everyone’s abuzz about:

Comparing artDC to major art fairs like MiamiBasel or the Armory is like comparing the proverbial apple to the proverbial orange. This is not a major art fair so criticizing it like one doesn’t make sense. It’s more like one of the satellite fairs, like Scope, Aqua (one of my favorites), or even Bridge (even a little farther downscale). At those fairs, you see a lot of crap and a few gems. That’s just how it goes when you’re picking your way through what can seem like the tag sale of contemporary art. But that’s also the beauty of contemporary art and what appeals to me as a collector! That ecstatic feeling of finding the gem hidden in the mud and dirt. More importantly, if DC is to become any kind of an art center, we need MORE artistic experimentation and we need more art. I am squeamish about adult circumcision as art, but I’m glad someone did it. There were few things beyond my usual DC gallery haunts that I liked at artDC, but I am glad it’s here. Although I wholeheartedly believe that we need to take charge and create a DC art scene ourselves.