So here we are. It is 2007 and we are at the PINNACLE of conceptual art.
Doris Salcedo has just created a hole in the Tate Modern in London in the shape of an earthquake crack on its floor and people are staring into it. It is rumoured that Saatchi is thinking of buying the hole but he is not sure where to put it: on the floor at his warehouse, or perhaps have it installed on one of his mansion walls. What to do, …!
Yes – there you have it. Conceptual art has bared its all and what we find is Doris Salcedo – naked on the floor of the Tate Musuem – shivering shibboleth.
If Doris had really wanted to make a statement about the world she should have taken the money the Tate gave her and donated it to an appropriate charity and left the floor as it was – Now that WOULD have been conceptual art at its best!!!!
All we are seeing here is the limited knowledge of the artist as to how the world has developed exposed for all to see. This empress has NO clothes and the world has seen her crack – does “art” whether conceptual or not have to be so shameless.
Sure there is inequality in the world – sure there is a lot yet to be done – but creating a useless hole in the ground that can be found in any Bogota street (and I really mean ALL despite Armando Calle) will NOT solve the problem. Nor in my opinion odes it raise awareness – because as I repeat the point of view (and that is all it is) of the artist is not valid at all. As I have said before – and this story proves it – architects are trying to take over the world of art. It is time to fight back.
Read some more on this story at the Times Online .