Monday, May 27, 2019

Kansas City Walking Wall: The Most Worthless Exhibit This Town Has Seen In Years???

Here's the problem: It's an artsy attack against Prez Trump's wall BUT the artist and the gallery are too scared to come out and say it. Meanwhile, the way the project has been imposed on the surrounding neighborhood is way more tyrannical than border security that both the Democratic Party and Republicans support.

Best of all . . .

This is Kansas City and locals have the discipline to politely ignore this petulant pile of rubble which no longer enjoys the benefit of media monopoly that saved the shuttle cocks and other silly artsy displays.

Take a look:

Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall | Nelson Atkins

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

The new mini golf exhibit is great but everyone would think the Nelson had just put up a new stone barrier if they hadn't announced that the wall is art.

Anonymous said...


It's ridiculous, and everyone wants to know what in the hell it is. Very few people have walked over to see it and it's causing traffic problems for The Nelson Gallery, not for us. I will have to say I'm going to miss yelling "losers" at them as I drive by!

Anonymous said...

They built it to keep the koloreds away!

Anonymous said...

Most of you are not sophisticated enough to understand the faggotry of our artist community expressing themselves.

Anonymous said...

“Walking Wall” has created more foot traffic than I have ever seen outside the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. I’ve spent at least two hours there each weekend since the Rockhill addition. Just yesterday I was there watching the stone masons and artist Andy Goldsworthy physically build the wall.

The artwork was commissioned by the Hall Family Foundation for in honor of Estelle and Morton Sosland and their passionate and longstanding commitment to the arts in Kansas City. The Soslands originally commissioned the Shuttlecocks, which have become icons for Kansas City.

Tony, you’re trying to get people riled up; Walking Wall is not a commentary against Trump. Look at Goldsworthy’s other wall artwork and you’ll see he was making walls before 2016.

Anonymous said...

Tony is just trying to keep the worthless geriatrics who populate this blog engaged. He knows they don’t ever go anywhere, are dumb as shit, don’t understand art(as evidenced by the comments above, and are incredibly stupid. He has to throw them red meat in the form of ant-Trump propaganda to keep the coming back day after day. Hence all the art, murder, and Paseo posts you see on here day after day. Otherwise this shitty little blog would fade away and Toney would have to get a real job. Judging from his recent photos, that’s the last thing that fat-ass wants.

Smiling Jack said...

If this is the state of the "Art Scene" that the wealthy People in Kansas choose to inflict on the People of Kansas City, then it's a pretty good indication that the old adage "A Fool And His Money Were Damn Lucky To Get Together In The First Place" is still valid.

These people spend as much money on "art" as is spent in other places, why can't we ever have displays of something other than Oldenberg and Goldsworthy repeating themselves?

Fresh and original talent is around, hell - it's even around in the Kansas City area! Throw a few bucks that way!

Anonymous said...

I’m happy as long as I have my velvet wall hanging of Elvis and a case of Natty Light and some queers to beat up.

Anonymous said...

9:02 described himself as a "worthless geriatric." That's funny!

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- WALK THIS WAY

In response to the question of streetcar expansion to the Plaza/UMKC area, residents took to the streets to express their opposition!!!

9:02's Mom said...

9:02 You are an Idiot!

Hyperblogal said...

Bike KC would love this art; it makes a street impassible.

Anonymous said...

Millions of visitors are headed to KC to see this wondrous wall.

Tracy Thomas said...

Tony, I love you but...you are wrong about the Goldworthy.

The people in the neighborhood? That is the Rockhill neighborhood--and they LOVE it and a couple of weeks of taking a different entrance to their fine, classic homes is not a bother at all. It's a memory.

Like when Christo covered the walkways at Loose Park with saffron colored fabric.

These outdoor art exhibits are world class. Something positive about Kansas City, to distract one from the crime and the deteriorating streets and the collapsing pipes and the developer subsidies rivalling Louis Auguste XVI and his wife, Marie-Antoinette.

I will be visiting the wall this afternoon.

And as someone wrote earlier, this is NOT a Trump political statement. Goldsworthy builds art out of nature, and documents its eventual decline, much like civilizations.

It is awe-inspiring. Have you been to this one yet, Tony and the Trolls? Please do that now.

I just visited Glenstone in suburban WDC, with their three Goldsworthy rock cabins with giant natural objects inside. And in Napa, the Hess Winery owns five Goldsworthy pieces.

KCMO's Nelson Adkins, under the direction of Julian Zugazagoitia, is a treasure. And admission is free. The best of this town, hands down. It's not stuffy like the overpriced symphony. It's not opera. It is showcasing history as captured by people with heart. Aka artists.

NicK said...

its stupid and not art

Tracy Thomas said...

Well, NicK, perhaps state your credentials, your interests, what you have studied, what creative outlets you do enjoy (dont forget Nascar!!), share links to art you DO recognize as art, ...and your IQ if you are now the arbiter of "stupid".

Happy to meet you at the gallery and discuss over coffee. When was the last time you visited, NicK?

Anonymous said...

Can stupid get any heavier ?

Tracy Thomas said...

Good question, 12:48.
How about the Great Wall of China?
One of the wonders of the world...
so, art by the pound, it would win.

Ironically, it was designed to serve like cell phone towers, on tops of the mountains, to alert about approaching Mongol hordes.

Whereas the Walking Wall at the Nelson has no need to warn of approaching hordes of TKC cowards and trolls. They have a goal to take down appreciators of art--one lazy comment at a time...

Anonymous said...

Tracy the nelson gallery is free so what does it prove if someone goes there. Do you think beauty has anything to do with art? Do u think the walking wall exhibit is beautiful? I don't. It looks like pointless labor stacking and re stacking those rocks. And it clearly has no function in fact it is presently thwarting the function of Rockhill road which by the way the founder of the museum built with his own money to demonstrate the beautiful and the complementary way roads and topography and natural features could blend. Wm Rockhill Nelson wld be outraged some nitwit blocked his beautiful namesake road with a stupid wall. The hall family foundation has no sense to fund something stupid like this. It is embarrassing. This is what makes us look like hicks chasing ugly fsds instead of celebrating the beautiful art inside the nelson galleries. Thanks,
Radish

Anonymous said...

I wish they would have built that wall on my property, I’d let people come see it, the difference with me is it would stay here forever instead of 30 days, no matter what it’s just a stone wall, a nice one but still a wall, we have tons of stone walls all over the city so this is not new or exciting........ unless they built it on my property then that would be exciting!

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

Tracy. Your rebuttal of one mans critique is that of an absolute snob who thinks that because someone doesn’t see any artistic work in a pile of rocks, that they must be an ignorant rube that watches only, dare I say it, nascar
As if that is beneath your station in life, and you must defend what you consider artistic from the barbaric hordes that would dare disagree with your tastes
By the way, I believe Raphael and michaelangelo were true artists. But we live in a time when any unemployable beatnik can put a crucifix in a jar of urine and all the idiot patrons stand and cheer.
By the way, you forgot your standard “I marched for civil rights” platatude

Tracy Thomas said...

You are absolutely right, Silvestor Ogalthorp.
I was wrong.
I apologize.

I did publicly oppose the crucifix in the jar of urine grant, by the way. When I was a grants writer and arts administrator.

And I don't mention my civil rights support in non-relevant posts.

But thanks for having some sense of my history. You keep better track of me than some family members! And for signing your name.

Peace out. Rock drop.

"Dumped Debris" --- on permanent display --- free viewings --- patronize local artists! said...

Yeah, when you're in Tracy's precious Shawnee (or, any JoCo diversity density hoods, especially), check out the increasing displays by 'artists' there. Roadsides, sidewalks, parks, retail lots, and grocery carts have 'works' that are intriguing and freely expressive, much like that "Waltzing Wuchamuhcallit" at the Nelson. There are bright and shiny objects to behold upon very many surfaces. In all seasons, but more so in the warmer months, the 'showings' are noticeably more voluminous.

These cans, bottles, plastic bags, fast food containers, candy wrappers, dirty diapers, and more, are often dismissed as litter and filth to most. But, like that 'high art' at the Nelson, "Roving Rocks", er, uh, "Stacking Stones", I mean "Walking Wall", the haute couteur crowd recognizes the "sentiment" and even the "je ne sais quoi" of the talented 'creators'.

Kohl said...

It's a good wall.

Bob said...

It is a great looking wall. But I don't understand why it was made to cross the street? The quality of the construction is impeccable. Since it is in KCMO I suspect the artist got a 50% tax break.

Anonymous said...

Good one, Bob!
There is a poem on the artist's web site, which expresses some of the reason.
It is called Walking Wall, as well.
So it is walking across the street and then it will walk back inside the museum and remain there, (and this is important as well)...as it starts to deteriorate.

That's a big part of Goldsworthy's art--the observation of the nature of things in nature. They come and go. Some of his early work was made with leaves and twigs and ice and rain--then documented with photographs. It showed the idea that we are here, and then nature intervenes, and we are gone, but it was great for awhile, it was memorable, and to those who really observe it--it had meaning. The impermanence.

One experiential piece he did in NYC I think--he laid down on the pavement, and it rained, so briefly, when he stood up, there was the one dry outline of where a man had been. The photo is haunting.

So the point is to observe, I guess. And say, I was there when...

One might also ask, what was Bob doing, on TKC, at 3:14 in the morning??

Bob said...

@ 809: Bob was starting his day. Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

902, go f yourself. You and your "ant" Trump propaganda get the f outa Dodge. And learn how to spell "Toney"'s name.