Is it just me or is anyone else really excited about seeing “The Artist is Present” on HBO? Ok, so it’s not really the thought of *seeing* it that excites me, but the fact that it is being shown in a setting other than a dingy little theater and seen by 2 hipsters. Or, on second thought, should the idea of Marina Abramovic as a mainstream artist depress me? Like Vaneeesa said elsewhere, it is quite interesting to see how/why Abramovic’s work (or should I say Abramovic herself) has become so popular compared to the work of other performance artists like Allan Kaprow. I have to say that Abramovic’s sensationalism does lend itself well to popular culture, and while we may not want to admit it, she is a beautiful woman that has fashioned herself into a pop icon while Kaprow is not the most handsome or exhilarating man out there. See what I mean?!
Long story short, it is not an accident that Abramovic’s popularity has grown so much in recent year or that her performances have entered mainstream consciousness. Regardless of what has and will be said of her, Abramovic demands attention. What do you all think?