Dear Christian,It was with great interest that I read your recent article. I agree that much of the art is out of touch with contemporary issues. I, however, did have to take exception to your line: "Inside its galleries, museums, and studios, folks have found it blindingly difficult to ask important questions about a crisis they have yet to fully acknowledge."
I believe you simply have not been looking in the right places for art that is addressing these issues. Many artists are staring these issues full in the face, such as JD Samson's recent article on the Huffington Post. Here at the Dumbo Arts Center, our recent shows have all dealt with issues of the economy and financial inequity. Our current show by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas directly address issues of wealth, value, exchange and permanence. As evidenced by the referencing Tang Dynasty era poems, these are also timeless questions. The show has an intelligent, caustic atmosphere about it.
I invite you down to DAC to experience the show yourself. New art is being created that tries to make sense of our place in this extremely skewed financial moment.
Karl EricksonDirector, Dumbo Arts Center