Referencing prairie dogs and Mussolini, yesterday New Museum chief curator Richard Flood wound up his talk at the Portland Art Museum on “Creating Networks: The New Internationalism” with some bracing criticism of his own directed at online critique of his institution. Unlike the rest of his talk which very sharply traced American art world’s relationship with work by international artists 1980s to present from his vantage points at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Artforum, the Walker Art Center, the New Museum, his final comments were wildly out of touch with the ways we have conversations about art now.
Founding editor of ultra, Lisa Radon also writes the Culturephile blog for Portland Monthly. Former associate editor at Portland Spaces, she's written for Portland Monthly, FLAUNT, SHIFT (Japan), and Surface Design Journal, among others. Recent catalog essays include an essay for The M.O.S.T. Box Set: Remixed at Autzen Gallery and The Quadratic Logogram of Almost Everything at Half/Dozen Gallery. She is writing her first book.