Takashi Murakami, Glenn Brown and Andreas Gursky all have shows up in NYC now and all have succeeded in removing all the excitement from their art. Works in all three shows were so slick, so completely over-thought and over-produced that one left feeling as if the three value polish over inspiration. All three suffer from the same problem although I can't completely explain it. Its sort of like when a young band loses some of their greatness because they become too good of singers and musicians.
I love all three of these artists too. But not this time around.
I'm glad that Jerry Saltz called out Gursky in his New Yorker review. Oddly enough, the New York Times has reviewed none of these shows. Their big story on Murakami contained no critique of his paintings, just a celebration of their $1-million price tags.
Next time.....lets hope.