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23 March, 2010

They've done what?

Apparently, the New York Museum of Modern Art has 'acquired' the '@' symbol for its Architecture and Design collection.

The curator explains that:

... physical possession of an object as a requirement for an acquisition is no longer necessary, and therefore it sets curators free to tag the world and acknowledge things that 'cannot be had' – because they are too big (buildings, Boeing 747's, satellites), or because they are in the air and belong to everybody and to no-one...
Er. I can appreciate the concept, even the intellectual aspiration, but... sorry, it's either pretentious bollocks or a publicity stunt. MOMA simply hasn't 'acquired' a typographical symbol, in precisely the same way as I haven't 'acquired' the letter 'E'. The curators are free to celebrate its history (read the article) and significance to the modern world, but there's no meaningful sense in which it's become part of a specific museum's collection.

What's its catalogue number?

Comments

"elating", for me, was the "tell-word". summarising brilliantly their motivation and their attitude.

Posted by Saltation at March 26, 2010 02:48 AM

go go gadget browser crash

Posted by Saltation at March 26, 2010 10:04 AM

As an artist, this sort of thing speaks to a de-evolution of the arts and society. Many artists give their lives to their work, struggle in obscurity and never reach the status of a typographic symbol.

Hi, it's your old Tull pal, Kram.

Posted by Kram at April 12, 2010 03:54 PM

Hey! Good to hear from you! ;)

Posted by NRT at April 12, 2010 04:02 PM
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