In today’s NYT, Dan Levin has an interesting story about how Jeremy Blake’s unfinished art work was pieced together for the show at the Corcoran:
Jonathan P. Binstock, the curator of the Corcoran exhibition, and Lance Kinz, a director of Kinz, Tillou & Feigen, decided to incorporate “Glitterbest” into their exhibitions in its incomplete state out of deference to Mr. Blake, who had approved inclusion of some of the images in the Corcoran exhibition catalog and advance announcements for the New York show. They hoped the unfinished work would give viewers insight into his creative process and provide a glimmer of what the video might have become.
It would be uncharitable–accurate, but uncharitable–to suggest that Blake’s indebtness to his dealer may have been a compelling reason for that dealer to want as much material as possible in the show.
David Sigal, who’s described as “a documentary filmmaker and videographer” was recruited to finesse the files into some sort of order. Sigal also turned to the internet to try to get some sense of Blake’s last days and found the slough of conspiracy sites, which must have been wrenching.
Alas, there’s no reaction from the not-known-for-his -reticence Malcolm McLaren about the finished portrait.