Quote of Note | Massimiliano Gioni

Urs Fischer, “Cumpadre,” 2009. Fishing line, croissant, and butterfly. Courtesy the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Sadie Coles, and Galerie Eva Presenhuber. (Photo: Benoit Pailley)

“In a society and a culture in which everything has a message and everything has a meaning and everything has a purpose, I think we should cherish things that are obscure, that are directionless, that are useless, that are complicated beyond reasonable levels. That’s the greatness of art—even in New York, where everything has a price.”

-Art critic and curator Massimiliano Gioni, director of special exhibitions at the New Museum, who organized the Urs Fischer exhibition on view there through February 7