Wednesday, October 10, 2007
If you will build it he will come
Doris Salcedo's new installation Shibboleth (above) at the Tate Modern looks set to become contemporary art's 4' 33". There is huge media coverage and massive interest from people who don't normally 'do' modern art. The only question is how long will the queues be?
Isn't there a lesson for contemporary music?
The installation doesn't have a cheesy introductory talk. It isn't surrounded by gilt framed Old Masters to soften the shock. The creator is the wrong side of 40. It isn't tucked away in a ghetto space. There are no worries about letters of complaint. It didn't need blogs to talk it up. It isn't even being given away free on the internet.
Doris Salcedo and Tate Modern built it. And the audience will come.
More interesting views on promoting contemporary music in today's Guardian letters. Picture credit Tate Modern. Before anyone shouts 'equality', the headline quote is from the 1989 film Field of Dreams, and is correct. It is often misquoted as 'If you will build it they will come'. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and other errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk