When an artist begins,
Â Â Â Â Â they try to bury him with neglect.
When he gains a small foothold,
Â Â Â Â Â they try to bury him with criticism.
When he becomes more established,
Â Â Â Â Â they try to bury him with covetous disdain.
When he becomes exceptionally successful,
Â Â Â Â Â they try to bury him with dismissals as irrelevant.
And finally,Â all else failing
Â Â Â Â Â they try to bury him with honors!
This is how James Wines of SITE, quoting Jean Cocteau, accepted his 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum at their National Design Awards. Wines joined a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ group that includes Richard Saul Wurman, Bill Moggridge, Paolo Solari, the Vignelli’s, Dan Kiley, and Frank Gehry.
Last night’s awards program was a special one as the Museumâ€”led by its new director, Caroline Baumann, and an indefatigable teamâ€”worked throughout the government shutdown of the least two weeks to put on a spatular gala that gave awards to designers that included Janette Sadik-Khan, Michael Sorkin, Studio Gang Architects, Paula Scher, Aidlin Darling Design, and Margie Ruddick.