Blogger Doesn’t Report on Capla Kesting’s Travis Lindquist Exhibition

by Art Fag City on September 18, 2007 · 13 comments Events

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Travis Lindquist [image protected here from viewers] – caption lifted from James Wagner’s blog

James Wagner reports that an unidentified Capla Kesting employee and proprietor David Kesting yelled at both him and his partner Barry Hoggard last Friday after Wagner attempted to take photographs inside the gallery. Setting aside the fact that no sign prohibiting photography had been posted, I can’t imagine what kind of day you have to have to be rude to two of the most generous and well mannered people in the New York art world.

As Wagner tells it, the gallery expressed concern over the copyright of artist Travis Lindquist’s images, an argument that makes less and less sense to me each time I hear it. Under what circumstances does an artist suffer when their work is viewed by more people? Since when do low resolution digital files replace an original work of art? What possible alteration to a web ready image will effect the artist’s drawings?

James Wagner and Barry Hoggard each have blogs in addition to running ArtCal, the opinionated gallery listing service in New York (for which I am the listings editor) so I’m pleased to second the announcement that we will no longer list the gallery’s shows. Of course, we never did list them all that often. You’ll note the only place Capla Kesting’s “controversial” Daniel Edward’s sculpture Paris Hilton Autopsy appeared was on this blog, and we’re not exactly fans.

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  • William

    “I’m pleased to second the announcement that we will no longer list the gallery’s shows.”

    This reminds me why I stopped paying attention to the art world…

  • William

    “I’m pleased to second the announcement that we will no longer list the gallery’s shows.”

    This reminds me why I stopped paying attention to the art world…

  • William

    “I’m pleased to second the announcement that we will no longer list the gallery’s shows.”

    This reminds me why I stopped paying attention to the art world…

  • http://www.caplakesting.com David Kesting

    It is unfortunate that I had to remove James Wagner from the gallery on Friday evening.

    In the future I recommend whenever attending a gallery opening, whether or not you are a member of the press, do not insult the people who work there. If you do not understand or like the artwork they are showing, do not insult it, especially while you are in their space and they are entertaining perspective clients. If you choose to photograph the gallery or its artwork without asking for permission beforehand, declare yourself as a member of the press when you enter the space and state the context of your visit to the gallery.

    I think these simple things will ensure your gallery going visits are more enjoyable and you will be warmly received by galleries, curators and artists who need support and nurturing from the online art reading community.

  • http://www.caplakesting.com David Kesting

    It is unfortunate that I had to remove James Wagner from the gallery on Friday evening.

    In the future I recommend whenever attending a gallery opening, whether or not you are a member of the press, do not insult the people who work there. If you do not understand or like the artwork they are showing, do not insult it, especially while you are in their space and they are entertaining perspective clients. If you choose to photograph the gallery or its artwork without asking for permission beforehand, declare yourself as a member of the press when you enter the space and state the context of your visit to the gallery.

    I think these simple things will ensure your gallery going visits are more enjoyable and you will be warmly received by galleries, curators and artists who need support and nurturing from the online art reading community.

  • http://www.caplakesting.com David Kesting

    It is unfortunate that I had to remove James Wagner from the gallery on Friday evening.

    In the future I recommend whenever attending a gallery opening, whether or not you are a member of the press, do not insult the people who work there. If you do not understand or like the artwork they are showing, do not insult it, especially while you are in their space and they are entertaining perspective clients. If you choose to photograph the gallery or its artwork without asking for permission beforehand, declare yourself as a member of the press when you enter the space and state the context of your visit to the gallery.

    I think these simple things will ensure your gallery going visits are more enjoyable and you will be warmly received by galleries, curators and artists who need support and nurturing from the online art reading community.

  • Art Fag City

    David Kesting: There is no place on this blog for dishonesty. If you wish to leave a comment detailing the actual events that occurred Friday you may do so, but this is not the place to voice slanderous remarks about anyone.

  • Art Fag City

    David Kesting: There is no place on this blog for dishonesty. If you wish to leave a comment detailing the actual events that occurred Friday you may do so, but this is not the place to voice slanderous remarks about anyone.

  • Art Fag City

    David Kesting: There is no place on this blog for dishonesty. If you wish to leave a comment detailing the actual events that occurred Friday you may do so, but this is not the place to voice slanderous remarks about anyone.

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  • http://www.goldmineshithouse.com travis lindquist

    That is a sad thing to hear happening at my opening.
    Not professional, and not the way I ever want my patrons treated.
    I am all about getting my work to the people because they need it as much as I. Please don’t let this reflect on anyones perseption of me or my art. Good at you all,
    Travis Lindquist

  • http://www.goldmineshithouse.com travis lindquist

    That is a sad thing to hear happening at my opening.
    Not professional, and not the way I ever want my patrons treated.
    I am all about getting my work to the people because they need it as much as I. Please don’t let this reflect on anyones perseption of me or my art. Good at you all,
    Travis Lindquist

  • http://www.goldmineshithouse.com travis lindquist

    That is a sad thing to hear happening at my opening.
    Not professional, and not the way I ever want my patrons treated.
    I am all about getting my work to the people because they need it as much as I. Please don’t let this reflect on anyones perseption of me or my art. Good at you all,
    Travis Lindquist

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