Photographer Jill Greenberg Controversy!.... Time to Buy?
Over the year I've used some
stupid gimmicks hysterical Monkey face photos by Photographer Jill Greenberg to add a little levity to this site. Lord knows.. the art world can be all too serious enough.. and sometimes a little monkey business humor is badly needed!
But this week, some controversy has erupted over her newest show "End Times" at The Paul Kopeikin Gallery in LA, which is open till July 8th.
This show is a series of close up shots of distressed and crying children. Many of these images are slick, large but also very powerful, almost everyone who sees them is bound to have an immediate reaction.
the shit started to fly when first off, in April, blogger Thomas Hawk, A total Nut Case, posted a flat out condemnation of the work as sickening, and child abuse. Thomas has gone so far as suggesting the photographer should be arrested and charged with child abuse. Jill Greenberg has stated, no abuse to the children ever took place, and parents of the children were always monitoring the photo sessions.
all self important website BoingBoing.net joined in, reporting that Jill Greenberg and her husband have threatened to sue Thomas Hawk for libel and contacted his employer to suppress his writing. Oh..such drama! Plus Thomas Hawk, has yet another insane post on Jill Greenberg today. Too funny.. You couldn't make this stuff up to be any more amusing!
So, while the photo's are probably too filled with visual gimmicks and over dramatic lighting to be considered serious art. But given their "Implied Political" message, the work has an appeal with many photography collectors. I just love, LUV, Loved her funny Monkey pictures! But, as both Andrea Serrano, and Chris Ofili can both
bank on a test.. nothing helps art sales like some good old fashion controversy!! So the net of all this, Thomas Hawk, is probably the best thing to ever happen to Jill Greenberg's Art Career.
So after something like this .. it probably just increased the value of Jill's art work significantly!! For anyone who'd like to buy her photography....The prices are still very reasonable...for now! Both Brian Clamp and Paul Kopeikin are her art dealers. I believe ClampArt will have a show of Jill's work in the fall.
Here's a brief review of her new book, Jill Greenberg:End Times