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December 24, 2004

Art in America's Take, Transcribed

I noticed a little bit ago that NEWSgrist has posted a scan of the Art in America sidebar that has our world all atwitter (scan is courtesy of Mr. Gibson).

As I had already transcribed about half of the listing myself, I figured I'd go ahead and finish the job. Why? Because I love you.

So, for the sake of everyone's reading, hyperlinking and Google-ranking pleasure...

Art in the Blogosphere
It's no secret that the number and influence of on-line Web logs, or blogs, have grown dramatically over the last couple of years. Although the contemporary art scene has yet to produce a blog as consequential as ronsilliman.blogspot.com has been for the poetry world or dailykos.com in politics, there are now quite a few interesting art-related blogs. Here is a list, briefly annotated, of some that I've found to be worth regular visits.
—Raphael Rubinstein

So far John Perreault's artopia is the only instance of a blog created by an established art critic (I'm not counting New York critic David Cohen's great artcritical.com, which is really more of an on-line magazine). In contrast to many other art blogs, which are patched together out of links to other sites and brief comments or rants by their authors, Perreault's blog is devoted almost exclusively to fully developed exhibition reviews. Hosted by the on-line arts digest artsjournal.com.

Written by Washington, D.C. critic Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes (MAN) blends coverage of breaking news stories, such as the resignation of the Getty's director, with venting on assorted topics from museum missteps to a Vogue article on Elizabeth Peyton. Since Green became a critic for Bloomberg News, his contributions to his own blog seem to have diminished in scope. Also hosted by artsjournal.com.

Created by the Philadelphia artist team of Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, this site offers capsule reviews of gallery and museum exhibitions in the Philadelphia area, as well as coverage of lectures and openings. It's updated daily, with plenty of photos and contributions from others besides Fallon and Rosof. This blog is unabashedly local-written by Philadelphia artists for Philadelphia artists—yet thanks to Fallon and Rosof's clear writing, unfussy graphics and assumption of the inherent strength of the Philadelphia art scene, it should be of interest to outsiders as well.

Run by Caryn Coleman, co-owner of a gallery called sixspace, this site offers brief reviews of gallery and museum shows in the Los Angeles area, sometimes by guest bloggers, with a few bits of news and commentary thrown in. Coleman also chronicles her art jaunts to New York and Miami.

Dan Hopewell's enthusiastic, informed, intelligent commentary on the art scene in his hometown of Chicago and elsewhere. Iconoduel offers considerably more intellectual content than most art blogs. Helpfully, Hopewell tells you what books he's reading, divided into the categories of "on the nightstand" and "piled on the floor."

The site of New York painter Tom Moody, who shares with viewers images of his own paintings, his studio process, his visual passions and assorted enthusiasms. He also devotes a lot of space to the work of other artists who share his interest in the intersection of abstraction and digital art. Mesmerizing digital animations and occassional comments, always opinionated and thoughtful, on exhibitions and art-world developments.

Commentary on the New York gallery scene by art lover Todd Gibson. Covers everything from auction previews to discussions of the right way to pronounce Romare Bearden's first name. When MOMA reopened, he had a nice post about 10 New Yorkers he knows who probably won't be able to afford the museum's new $20 admission.

This site bills itself as "a black art magazine focusing on articles that present new visions of art throughout the black diaspora." Electric Skin mainly offers links to articles on other sites about exhibitions of black artists around the country and the world. Also posts content such as a conversation between Chris Ofili and DJ Spooky and a three-part report on an art conference in Nigeria.

New York gallery going with lots of photos, not very much text. Like many bloggers, Wagner loves his digital camera and his site is full of colorful street photographs. Also devotes a fair amount of space to politics and protests.

"Politics of art and culture in the digital age" is how painter Joy Garnett summarizes the focus of her web site Newsgrist. Most of the content comes via other sites, but this is a useful clearinghouse for a wide range of events and articles.

A studio journal from abstract painter Dennis Hollingsworth, with striking photos of works in progress and tangential images of everything from Queen Elizabeth II posing with a platoon of kilt-wearing soldiers to a construction project in Barcelona, pictures of other artists' work and Hollingsworth's dogs.

A profusely illustrated on-line diary by New York art student and budding graphic designer Keren Richter. The diary is mostly devoted to Richter's musical likes and and [sic] career moves, but the site is worth a visit for her stylish, Aubrey Beardsley-meets-Karen Kilimnick drawings.

"Art in America's Take, Transcribed"
Posted by Dan at 12:04 AM


Thanks. Nice write-up, by the way, and deserved. The line about the books feels a little random, but basically very good. I understand that not everyone was entirely happy at first about how they were presented.

Posted by: Miguel Sánchez on December 24, 2004 at 04:58 AM

The line about the books feels a little random

Yeah, though before seeing it I'd half expected the rationale for including me in the Dirty Dozen might be for my extensive blogroll. Close.

I understand that not everyone was entirely happy at first about how they were presented.

I can imagine. It is what it is.

Posted by: Dan on December 24, 2004 at 10:24 AM

Glad your blog is one of the highlighted, even though it's for elite, effete, possibly liberal-biased intellectual content....

Will point a link at your list, since my job is now done.

Posted by: Fresh Paint on December 24, 2004 at 11:08 AM

even though it's for elite, effete, possibly liberal-biased intellectual content

Intellectualism is so gay.

Posted by: Dan on December 24, 2004 at 11:49 AM

Big ups to you, Dan, for inclusion in the Rubinstein blogroll and "for offering more intellectual content than most art blogs". Cheers!

Posted by: Timothy on December 25, 2004 at 12:45 PM

Referenced in this post:

Artblog (Fallon and Rosof)
Brute Fury
Dennis Hollingsworth
Electric Skin
Fresh Paint: Art in America Blog Links
From the Floor
James Wagner
Modern Art Notes
NEWSgrist: Art in America Heart Artblogs
Tom Moody