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mowotlarx t1_j74dmck wrote

The people who are mining for clicks about how much they hate this need to pull their head out of their asses.

Whether you or I like it or not, I guarantee you this will be a successful piece of public art. And who do I say that? People will seek it out and take pictures in front of it. Any piece of public art that garners sustained public attention is a success.

I think part of the reason the Professional Art Critics dislike it is because they know it'll be popular and remembered. If something is too accessible it becomes an issue for a very loud subset of snobs.

Just let people enjoy the stupid bean.


MajorFogTime t1_j74eezz wrote

A lot of artists have beef with him cause of the whole exclusivity deal with Vanta Black. I'm sure that's got something to do with the hate boner in this article.


deathfaces t1_j75e0ky wrote

A lot of other people hate him because he's an asshole


seafoodgodddd t1_j74ivo7 wrote

A lot of those artists either don't understand how Vantablack is produced or don't care and want to rage just to rage.


eurtoast t1_j7h9ocz wrote

Singularity Black is on par with vantablack and is available to all, not just the whiny bean boy. The issue with Vanta is his stupid trademark on it so only he or people he licenses it out to can use it.


seafoodgodddd t1_j7hargd wrote

I always thought it was because of the toxicity factor of it pre-application that limited its export potential, but im happy we have alternatives now!


eurtoast t1_j7hbyo2 wrote

There's also black 3.0 as others have mentioned. That one is a super pigmented acrylic paint, $30 for a 150mL bottle, made in Kentucky.

For Singularity, it's $125 for a sample size 20cm^2 coverage area. Made in Massachusetts and you pay for hazmat shipping. You have to heat it to 100C to activate, it's highly highly recommended to use in a well ventilated area with full PPE as the nature of aerosolized carbon nanotubes aren't fully known yet.


spoil_of_the_cities t1_j76y1r1 wrote

I think 'the whole exclusivity deal with Vanta Black' has been a stunning success as an artwork


StoryAndAHalf t1_j767pv1 wrote

Cheaper than going to Chicago.


Amphiscian t1_j77b6ub wrote

million hundred dollar idea: open a Chicago Style hot dog cart right next to this one


CactusBoyScout t1_j79l445 wrote

Chicago dogs are amazing. Would support.


eurtoast t1_j7ha6j2 wrote

Dog Day Afternoon in Windsor Terrace is what you're looking for


Rpanich t1_j75e8dk wrote

Yeah, I hate Kapoor for other reasons, but the shiney bean is fine.


Ok_Yogurtcloset8915 t1_j77j3kb wrote

yeah I'm definitely picking up on that elitism. there's nothing wrong with a big piece of art that just looks neat. it doesn't have to mean anything


mowotlarx t1_j77lmf9 wrote

Exactly. For stuff like this, the meaning is really just in the reflection. Letting people interact with art (and see themselves in it) is a good thing. You want people to do that.

I hate the "Fearless Girl" statue (I think it's ugly as hell), but it's incredibly successful public art. I think that's because of people's desire to pose next to her in the same stance, whatever that defiant pose means for them. There's nothing a well read art critic can say to change that.


Ok_Yogurtcloset8915 t1_j787uqn wrote

I'm a little divided on the fearless girl one bc it sort of interferes with the preexisting bull statue in a way that seems a little unfair, but other than that yeah it's a great example. it doesn't have to be like an abstract representation of some deep tragedy to be worthwhile art. it's ok to have art that just looks cool jfc


AnacharsisIV t1_j75aeu7 wrote

> Whether you or I like it or not, I guarantee you this will be a successful piece of public art.

It won't be, and I'll tell you why:

It's been open for a few weeks. I passed right by this building when I had dinner with a friend almost a month ago, noted "huh, looks like the chicago bean" and kept walking. I didn't blog about it. I didn't post about it on twitter. I, and millions of other New Yorkers, didn't give a shit. It's in the news now for some reason or another, but once the novelty wears off no one will care, again.


mowotlarx t1_j776efw wrote

Oh well you didn't blog about it so obviously it's a failure.

Okie dokie.


FrankBeamer_ t1_j75lnoa wrote

Just because you didn’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t. New Yorkers don’t take photos in front of the fucking vessel yet it’s still a popular tourist sculpture


AnacharsisIV t1_j75ls51 wrote

The vessel is in a big open air mall. This is on a soho side-street.


Shame_On_Matt t1_j76fj4c wrote



AnacharsisIV t1_j777f04 wrote

Tribeca is a marketing term invented by real estate brokers in the 90s, it means as much as "Corinthian Leather" or "Crunchtastic."


mrsunshine1 t1_j78wn6p wrote

All neighborhoods are real estate marketing brand/rebrands


ericisshort t1_j7n2lbe wrote

Soho is exactly that as well; it was just created a bit earlier than tribeca.

Also, the neighborhood never extended south of canal st, so it was never correct to call anything on Leonard St soho.


myassholealt t1_j777z45 wrote

Yes. You are the elected representative of all of us. Your experience and opinion is ours. Take care with this honor and responsibility you've chosen for yourself. It's a tough job being the chosen anecdote to represent millions.