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Half the Air, All the Art

The art world doesn't come with the cult of personality that music or movies do and that frequently means that we miss out on some of the more interesting dialogues on perspective and culture. Take Martin Creed, a slightly scruffy Scotsman known for his widely acclaimed conceptual pieces, like the one where he installed a sprinter in the Tate to run the length of the gallery. During the course of the installation, there were a number of charges from critics and the public alike that it was totally pretentious. Creed coolly responded that there was literally no way it could be pretentious, because the runner was not pretending to run. I find this to be awesome. Creed frequently finds himself defending his work, as it is highly conceptual and tends to evoke snorts of "well, I could have done that" from the viewing public. Creed can so easily defend his work from that argument with a lyrical and cogent explanation, and that is what makes him a rock star of contemporary art. You'll see what I mean when you experience Sightings: Martin Creed, his site-specific balloon installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street between Friday and June 19. It's not just a room full of balloons--it's an "encapsulation of half the air in a given space." Genius. The Nasher is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and admission is $10. Visit
Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: March 25. Continues through Aug. 21, 2011


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