Thursday, December 8, 2011

Assorted Links

by Robert Boyd

Mistake Pizzas
Esther Watson, Mistake Pizzas, acrylic on panel, 6" x 6" (posted on curate 1K)

The Cheap Art Revolution continues. To me, the cure to the elitism of much of the art world is not picketing, but making less expensive art available. I've written about schemes for this purpose here and here. curate 1K is another source. Norah, the woman behind curate 1K, writes
Living with art is joyful, but it has a bad reputation for being prohibitively expensive. Luckily, there are an increasing number of websites that sell gorgeous pieces in a price bracket most of us can afford. [...] While plenty of the artwork featured on curate 1k is original, I also include prints. I try to find archival, signed and numbered editions whenever possible. curate1k is a project, not a business. I do not act as a middleman between artist and buyer, and I do not profit monetarily from the site.  My aim is to to gather together the best online art I can find and present it in an accessible, fun-to-follow format.
Another reason to dislike Laurel Nakadate's work, in case you need one. I guess it's no secret that I dislike her work. Corinna Kirsch, writing for Art Fag City, piles on.
Regardless of whether or not you’re anti-feminist, there’s plenty of reasons to dislike Laurel Nakadate’s work. My choice: her works are too simple.365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears (2010-11) could have been ripped from an undergrad photography course assignment: take a photo of yourself repeating the same action everyday; then read about how photographs always lie about real life (re: Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin).
Good point, Corinna Kirsch! (Art Fag City)

Art in Porn, a seriously extremely NSFW link. The creator of the blog Art in Porn has done some serious art historical detective work. Looking at various pornographic photos, he has identified the various art prints on the wall in the backgrounds. Why are their art prints on the walls in the first place? I guess they make it seem like there is actually someone living there, and that the people in the photos might be porn performers, but they also have at least some culture. Who knows? But I like the idea that someone if looking past the porn at the weird background details. (Art in Porn)

Some of Jerry Saltz's pet peeves. He's the art critic for New York Magazine (and married to Roberta Smith, art critic for the New York Times--they may be the only family that can sustain a pretty decent lifestyle from art criticism). Asked about his art worl pet peeve, he launched into a lengthy list:
I am peeved at idiot billionaires flying mindless millionaire artists to bloated biennials to party down on private yachts; at seven-figure prices paid for derivative dreck that supposedly "critiques the system"; at gilded auctions attended by those who get their kicks from being profligate in public; at the absolute equation of art with capital; at curators flying from city to city to speak on one other's panels about "The Role of the Curator"; at an endless stream of art-school-trained artists trying to crawl up the asses of Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, and Gerhard Richter in order to stake out a microscopic piece of insular, already-approved territory; Also, I wish lots more young art-critics would start online blogs, art-magazines, screed-sheets, Facebook pages, whatever. Art critics aren't paid anything anyway so there's nothing to lose. (My emphasis.)
This isn't everything on his list, by the way. ("19 Questions for Art Critic and 'Work of Art' Judge Jerry Saltz," ArtInfo)


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