A generation in the art world, a new “ism”, now lasts at least two years — one for discovery, the next for promotion. Movements and trends are declared ‘dead stock’ before they can mature. No matter how good or bad artists may be, or how slow or fast they want to develop, they have to acknowledge this world media system and its fashion-go-round, if only to reject it …
Out of personal interest, I’ve gone ahead offered my own ranking from the ArtPrize finalists I saw last week (only two of which I’d describe as strong), plus two bonus picks I saw while in Grand Rapids. This post also marks the beginning of my campaign for “Rusty” for the win. If this dog doesn’t end up the city’s loyal representative for the next year, it should at the very least end up at a worthy museum. Any other result is just wrong.
Art is mobilizing! The Wall Street Occupennial is gathering proposals, volunteers, and donations in order to hold a series of art events related to Occupy Wall Street. They are currently archiving all occupation-related art projects on the Occupennial’s tumblr page, and apparently an upcoming exhibition will take place outside across from the New York Stock Exchange.
October gallery recommendations are in. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we can look forward to an abundance of marketable, slightly humorous work. It seems if you’re not painting this fall, you may be shit out of luck; this is not to say, though, that there won’t be beautiful, intelligent, or provocative paintings.
Artist Iman Issa gave a talk Saturday evening at the NY Art Book Fair, prompted by her recent inclusion in “Short Stories”, at the Sculpture Center. The talk succeeded in shedding some light on how the artist’s stated pursuit of “precise communication” results in the highly-abstract installations for which she’s known – but also offered insight into why these works often confound more than they clarify.
This group is designed to explore the ways in which social media and technology can help bring arts and culture to the masses. "Democratizing" the arts has been a long-standing goal in the art world, and no medium makes it more feasible than the web.
The purpose of this meetup is to bring together those working at the intersection of arts and technology to share ideas, strategies, successes, challenges and failures, and to explore the following questions:
- How can the new technology available help raise awareness about the arts and enrich the audience experience?
- How can cultural institutions interact and engage with each other and their audience in meaningful ways?
- What can they learn from their audience and how can they use this knowledge to improve the way in which they present their content?
- As well as countless others that we hope to uncover at future meetups!