Soon after we posted the conclusions to our Milestones review, a frequent reader emailed us and inquired if we had ever read the review alan marcuson had published about the Milestones exhibition in that rag hali and on his website.
We emailed back that yes we knew of it and had read it at the time but had forgotten about it while we were writing the Milestones review.
After re-reading marcsons saccharine sweet and glowingly brown-nosed commentary we were, of course, reminded how those in RugDumb will never say anything critical of those who are high up in its hierarchy.
Even someone like an alan marcuson, who through unbridled hubris, greed and stupidity finally self-immolated, burning his rug-career to a crisp in the fireball that was www.cloudband.com.
The review our reader re-alerted us to was published in 2006 and, below we quote and include our comments for a few of the gems mr marcuson scribbled.
As I walked around the gallery it had the aspect of being on pilgrimage to a shrine, to pay homage to glorious survivors from the distant past. It was thrilling to see pieces normally only found in a museum. This is better than a museum, You can touch them, said Louise Mackie, Curator of Textiles and Islamic Art at The Cleveland Museum with a wry smile. But only with the back of your fingers which dont have sweat glands, Dr. Jon Thompson reminded us.
Clearly, marcuson has never made a pilgrimage to anywhere other than the imaginary shrine where he believes, he and his disaster-filled rug career, belong.
Yesshhh, we, too, visited Moshe Tabibnias gallery in 2006 when the exhibition was up, though not during the opening-night mr marcuson described. And, while we again say we respect Tabibnias Milestone efforts, they surely cannot in any real sense be described as creating a shrine on via Brera in Milan.
And whereof can anyone, even a rug-sycophant like marcuson, cite and quote louise mackie, who it must be remembered was one of the three rug-idiots who approved the purchase of the dennis dodds bogus-bellini rug for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, saying Tabibnias gallery was better than a museum?
And speaking of dr jon thompsons sweat-glands remark
Oh well: Then theres
The one small disappointment of the evening was that the catalogue of the collection was not ready for the shows opening and there was only a single digitally produced sample available. More of a monograph than a simple catalogue, it includes an in-depth study of the collection by Jon Thompson. It is quite some time since we have seen Thompson in print in a sustained discussion about carpets and having read a fair portion of his excellent text, I am sure it will provide rugdom with much to discuss and digest.
Well, marcuson, you hyperbolist ,it has been five years since the Milestones catalog and your review have been out and where, might RK ask, has this much to be discussed and digested action occurred?
Again, RK can only point to the imaginary place somewhere under your hairline, huh?
The exhibition is a magnificent triumph of a show, with some 30 rugs, from the 15th to the 17th centuries, from Anatolia, Syria, Egypt, Persia, the Caucasus (perhaps), India and China. I cannot overemphasise(sic) the consistently high quality of the pieces in the exhibition. Not a poor choice among them. Not all were to my particular taste
Sure, sure, judged by normal standards of rug-dealer exhibitions the Milestones collection might be called a magnificent triumph but RK is again reminded of what a milestone actually is and finds marcusons glowing praise considerably OTT, ie over-the-top, overblown and overdone.
RK will agree there is not a poor choice among them, especially if the use of poor has any correlation with the prices Mr Tabibnia expects to receive for allowing any of his magnificent 30 to leave his gallery stash.
And, please dear readers, do not think we ever implied there was a poor choice among them get it straight, our position is a number of examples are far less than milestone importance and quality.
We agree with marcuson the Brunk/Foy-Casper carpet(Plate 26) is a delicious synthesis of Ottoman and Anatolian village rug production. But we do not buy his referring to the large-pattern Holbein (Plate 1) as Its like the monolith in Kubricks, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Frankly, wed prefer to own the Berlin Museum example, which is in our opinion a far more important and interesting weaving.
But likes are subjective and mr marcuson is surely entitled to his opinions, even when he presents them as gospel from his mouth to Gods ears.
In that vein rings the final line in marcusons closing salvo in discussing the Milestones show
It was one of those key moments, a milestone no less, that changes a field forever
Oh yeah And, please mr marcuson or anyone else, clue RK in on how the rug collecting field has been changedor has RK missed it after having been sequestered in that proverbial cave in Afghanistan these past five years with Osama you know who?