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PRINT December 2006

Matthew Higgs

FAR FROM THE DEAFENING BUZZ that continues to emanate from the auction houses, and even further from the glossy pages of Vanity Fair, whose “art issue” hit newsstands in November, one of the most intriguing—and least commented on—narratives in the New York art world continued to unfold this year. The underreported story I refer to revolves around the unprecedented number of personnel changes that have taken place, or are about to take place, at the city’s better-established, and indeed historical, “not-for-profits” (a literal term that handily serves as both a mission statement and a manifesto, of sorts). Considered as a whole, these changes can’t be dismissed as a mere human-resources shakeup. Rather, they constitute a profound shift in both ambition and attitude, one that suggests an equally profound opportunity, even a mandate, to reimagine and reanimate an entire culture.

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