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William Poundstone’s Los Angeles County Museum on Fire

Love that Stuffed Animal Art!

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Wall Street Journal headline: “MoMA Buys Stuffed-Animal Artwork For More Than $4 Million.”

I thought that headline was kind of funny, so I tweeted it. They’re talking about Mike Kelley, of course. MoMA bought Kelley’s Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, a piece that Paul Schimmel had wanted to buy for MOCA. It seems MOCA had other problems.

My tweet drew a response from Crystal Bridges Museum curator Kevin Murphy (formerly of the Huntington), who noted that he covets a Kelley for CBMAA. That’s proof, if any is needed, that Crystal Bridges’ taste has become a good deal more contemporary than that of its sometime partner… the National Gallery of Art.

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  1. Where are the animals? Looks like pinata’s made in preschool enlarged. which pretty much sums up Contempt art.
    Games, toys and therapy for prepost adolescents.

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