Pollock, Plato, and New Sheets: The Adventures of an Art Critic at IKEA


| November 13, 2000


Pollock, Plato, and New Sheets: The Adventures of an Art Critic at IKEA, Emily Hall, The Stranger
In Seattle's alt-weeklyThe Stranger, Emily Hall writes an amusing article ruminating on her recent expeditions to IKEA, the furniture store that offers, 'affordable solutions for better living.' Hall, an art critic, takes a discriminating eye to the style and import of what she finds in the store. '[Y]ou can find three different leather chairs for the urban sophisticate, quite specifically targeted for the kind of person you want to be: Metropolitan (sleek, curvy, and understated), Manhattan (old money, slightly--perhaps endearingly--stuffy), or Tribeca (trend-bucking, with--oh my--wooden armrests). Each option is presented with all the right accoutrements to cement the atmosphere: black-and-white prints carelessly lined up on a mantel, piles of art books, cathedral-like clusters of candles--an identity you can buy all at once, no thinking required.' The problem, in Hall's opinion, is that when you buy a pre-packaged living room set, the art in the room is marginalized, ignored. Good art, she argues, should not be ignored.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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