Unmonumentally / by Brandon

The New Museum's exterior is far more appealing than its office cubicle-turned-warehouse interior; likewise, the time-lapse video of its construction is more interesting than anything now inside it.

With a few exceptions, what isn't derivative is banal. Or both. The messages come across as inchoate or simplistic; the "formal and ideological power of juxtaposing found images" as rote and spent. Unmonumental is quite apropos. Corporate sponsor BNP Paribas deserved better.

Image: New Museum

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