PRINT December 2013


Causes and Effects

I appreciate many of the observations in Michael Sanchez’s essay titled “2011” [Summer 2013]—particularly his observation that the rhythms of the art world have recently shifted due to the widespread use of iPhones and the introduction of Web feeds and aggregators such as Contemporary Art Daily.

Clearly, the shift in the rhythm of the art world is symptomatic of a culture of speculative investment. It is, as Sanchez notes, an attention economy—one that bypasses critical judgment and careful analysis and instead rewards those who know and control what’s now and what’s next.

Sanchez goes on to propose that a few young galleries and artists have already internalized this rhythmic shift and now symptomatically produce exhibitions and artworks seemingly designed for IPS screens and scrolling blogs. In response to this situation, Sanchez decides the appropriate way to analyze

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