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06.24.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Many beers at Barbara’s bar at the Brewery here in LA resulted in the following list. They are all French. They are all painters. So it goes, in descending order: 5. Seurat. He’s underrated the way Roy Lichtenstein is. Divisionism
05.14.09
Art Criticism and Theory
The short career of Bas Jan Ader as an artist still fascinates and engages the art world, decades after his disappearance. Perhaps it was his tragic and sudden death, his courageous and illogical attempt at fulfilling a sailor’s dream, or
06.02.09
Art Criticism and Theory
1. Michael Fried, "Art and Objecthood," 1967 In “Art and Objecthood,” Michael Fried seeks to distinguish between the modernist tradition of art, and emerging practices of sculpture by artists like Caro, Smith and Morris. He focuses on two major distinctions, the
06.14.09
Art Criticism and Theory
by Arty
Some notes on trying to connect things that interest me: 1. Harrell Fletcher's beautiful collaboration with Jon Rubin at the SF MOMA called Wallet Pictures, during which 150 of visitors' wallet pictures were rephotographed in the museum lobby. Ten images were
10.06.09
Art Criticism and Theory
The first decade of the new millennium has been rich in works of art that are cross disciplinary, forward-thinking yet steeped in the past, and capable of inspiring people to think differently. Here are ten artists whose work exemplifies the
07.01.09
Art Criticism and Theory
I recently met Danielle Freakley, who is currently approaching what she terms "Phase Two" of a three phase project called – and under which she seems to call herself and the near-mechanical vessel the project requires she become – The Quote
06.15.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Lawrence Rinder, formerly chief curator at the Whitney (where he curated the 2002 Biennale) and now Dean of Graduate Studies at the California College of the Arts, is an iconoclast. During his time as a curator at the Whitney he liked
05.18.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Introduction Cuba in the 1980s was a country still reeling from the departure of many artists into exile in the 1970s after Fidel Castro’s 1961 declaration in his “Words to the Intellectuals,” “with the revolution everything; against the revolution, no rights,”
11.27.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Last week New York met two powerhouse week-long event series: Independent Booksellers Week NYC and PERFORMA 09; pedestrian interests and chores distracted me from both and, come Monday, I realized I had not seen any of the previous week's abundant excitements.
10.01.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Mediums contribute to the rise of social practices that circumscribe them and subsequently foster or frustrate their use. The three concepts below have captured the imagination of luminaries in film, literature, and liberal arts, and illustrate some of the challenges associated
08.15.09
Art Criticism and Theory
Aphasic Letters is a kind of Internet-birthed Pallas Athena. Few of my favorite literary works of the past year or so have not found some relation to Aphasic or its two founders, Danny Snelson and Phoebe Springstubb. Nurtured by the Internet's wealth
05.26.09
Art Criticism and Theory
‘Olympia’, 1863-65, Paris. A number of years ago I happily managed to be in Paris for two weeks. Being a student, I didn’t have much money, so instead of fancy restaurants, I spent most of my time in the
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