In a series of Tweets this weekend, two critics criticize five artists for moving to the global gallery.
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Married art critics Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz spent the weekend working themselves up into a lather of indignation over Hauser + Wirth taking on new artists formerly represented by other galleries. Saltz + Smith were mad but it wasn’t entirely clear what they were mad about. Over the weekend they seemed to be workshopping ideas, targets and metaphors to express their anger.
First, they tried the big box retail metaphor. Hauser + Wirth, according to Smith, were “killers of smaller businesses & local vitality” like Staples and Barnes & Noble. Saltz added an image of a superstore to his first tweet.
Later, the couple switched to a unique complaint, captured best in this Tweet from Smith:
January 18th 2020
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The next day, Saltz added his own twist on the theme. “Is a gallery with a 90 artist roster a talent agency,” he tweeted, “a multi-national conglomerate, a petting zoo, super-entitled department store, too big not to fail, or the way of the future eating much of the rest of the art world?”
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