I C A – T T F N……?
Posted by cathedralofshit on January 25, 2010
So, as exclusively (along with the few dozen people who let us know) revealed in CoS, the ICA is the deep doggie-do as reported by Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian on Saturday:
Director, Ekow Eshun blames “a perfect storm” of events which includes a half a million plus loss on the fund-raising auction, a shortfall on venue-hire and sales dipping at the bookshop. Now, CoS are no financial wizards – nor indeed do we have the financial experience of the esteemed ICA board (come in Alan Yentob!) – but does deciding to hold an auction, projecting wild sales and hoping that a couple of patrons will go stir-crazy and bid a few hundred thousand for an Enrico David sketch strike you as a sensible financial strategy? Or indeed hoping for a bumper year of wedding-hires or indeed sales of cultural theory from the bookshop to suddenly go bananas?
However perhaps a more pertinent question is about Eshun’s claim about a “renewed vision”. Whilst everyone (well not everyone, but you know, everyone in this wireless cafe on Broadway Market) agrees that the ICA was a vital presence from 1947 to the 1990s, it would be good to hear exactly why we need the ICA anymore – it’s hardly as if central London is starved of contemporary practice after all.