This morning while reading their “review” of this show, RK had that stranger in a strange land feeling we invariably get when reading hali or their the website.
Besides glossing over the lack of substantial business, and even interest expressed by the “public” for the carpets and textiles on offer, and only mentioning and picturing pieces belonging to those dealers who advertise in hali, the reviewer clearly forgot everyone does not wear the ruby-colored shades he does.
In fact, RK found this “review” to be nothing more than a cheap bit of publicity for them and a cold shoulder to everyone else.
But even worse was contemplating the following paragraph which that reviewer used to end his piece:
“But more importantly, the patrons of the show HAVE changed if not their faces, their purpose and interest in attending. The atmosphere among the familiar crowd of faces was subdued. New faces of young upwardly mobile people were absent this year. Inquiries from people who want to learn and enjoy were less than before. Whether that is an indication of the times, or our field of interest, I am not sure. I actually think it has more to do with the fact that the people who are getting started in this field of interest are located far away from these major urban centers where such shows occur. And it is the power of the internet that is proving to be the way in which both information and images of art are being transmitted. The future of the textile art business is as bright as ever, it may be illuminated by a computer monitor rather than the halogen beams at an exhibition venue!”
RK is not the only person who knows the reviewer, tom cole, is not only rug challenged but, apparently, equally as befuddled interpreting what is happening, or should we say not happening, at these affairs.
Plus, the face-job cole so ridiculously cites in his review is about as dumb an observation about an antiques show as RK has ever read.
The reasons for the lack of public interest and buying at these faires can be chalked up to many variables — the most obvious being the proliferation of these events and the inability of most, if not all, carpet scholars and dealers to realize the need to create a genuine scientific, ethnographic and historical framework to judge and properly value these weavings.
Until this happens(and from the looks of things it appears this might be a long time in coming) rugdom will surely continue to wallow in its own BS.
Rug dealers will continue to moan and hali, with reviewers like cole, will continue to place the blame elsewhere or, as they are so well experienced in doing, whip out the old crying towel and pass it around to all who would seek consolation.