Monday, April 27, 2009

Art is dead and Detroit is art


Detroit's about to lose another gallery. It's confirmed that C-Pop, Detroit's very own high/lowbrow art gallery, is shutting down in June. Having prominently featured several local artists (Glenn Barr, Tristan Eaton, and the ubiquitous Niagara) along with national/international talent (Anthony Ausgang, Robert Williams, and Shepard Fairey), C-Pop has truly been an institution in this city for a decade and a half.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that their last exhibition (which takes place this Saturday, May 2) looks pretty kick-ass. Along with works from all the above-mentioned artists will be art by H. R. Giger, Winston Smith (did a lot of Dead Kennedys art), Liz McGrath, and this blogger's art crush Tara McPherson. You can find the info on C-Pop's Myspace page.

On a similar note, I stumbled across this Time Magazine online piece about our fair city entitled "Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline". It features shots from French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre series "The Ruins of Detroit," which captures the city in all its post-apocalyptic glory. I have to say, the shots are rather nice:

The William Livingston House

The United Artists Theater

Perhaps it's fitting that another gallery should be closing. After all, as things slide, Detroit is becoming less of a city and more of an installation piece (just ask Tyree Guyton). So who needs the confines (and politics) of an enclosed display space, when you can simply go down the street and be in the art itself?

That's Monday for you.

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