Marina Abramovic's 'Generator' Asks Us To Embrace Simplicity, Face Our Aloneness

November 21, 2014 3:26 PM

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Marina Abramovic's 'Generator' Asks Us To Embrace Simplicity, Face Our Aloneness

Much of art today has been diminished to a purely aesthetic pleasure, and one that many opt to visit for the promise of self-publicity. Think of Jeff Koons’ retrospective at the Whitney this summer. Whether you visited the exhibit or not, you likely knew it was there, as your Instagram and Facebook feeds filled up with "the Selfie of Summer."

Other recent viral art sensations in New York included Yayoi Kusama’s “Fireflies on the Water” and Random International’s “Rain Room” at MoMA. Both exhibitions, like the Koons retrospective, were exploited for their photographic beauty on social media. Taking a photo of ourselves in an art exhibit s...

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