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It can be yours

From today’s New York Times, Bill Hayes on art: When you go — not if, but when (and soon, by the way; the show closes Sept. 21) — I suggest you bring a thesaurus. Because it wasn’t long before we found words failing us. An image of an acrobat caught midleap on a Manhattan street, […]

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Creativity creep

From The New Yorker, in an article about “creativity creep,” which has pushed the notion of creativity out into discussions about the nature of all work, a reminder about the purposelessness of creative awareness–non-practical, un-work-like, non-results oriented: Among the many things we lost when we abandoned the Romantic idea of creativity, the most valuable may have been the […]

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Fragments of Fort Howard

A solo show of Matt Klos’s sabbatical project, Fragments of Fort Howard, runs throughout September at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD. I saw most or all of the work here at Oxford Gallery. It’s great, quickly executed, focused on the balance between representation and abstract formal issues, with a bright but subtle palette.  See it at John […]

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A river runs through it

“The drama of the work is unleashed only by the viewer’s interaction with it. When, at the official unveiling last week, I spotted two small children gleefully trundling a boulder into the middle of the artificial stream I felt a lurch of horror – and not just because the children happened to be my own. […]

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Embrace at Burning Man

  Now it’s gone, up in flames at the end of the Burning Man festival, but it looked wonderful while I was still standing, at least judging from this shot. Read more about it here.

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Beautiful bonus

  A nice bonus of participating in the Tallahassee International turned out to be the first-rate catalog they published of the exhibit. Each artist was given equal space with a full-color plate and the opportunity for an artist’s statement about the work. In the back, they’ve offered a brief profile of each artist with a […]

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Perceptual painters at Manifest

A show I’d love to see, if Cincinnati were any closer. From the Manifest website: This exhibition of paintings by two groups of artists sharing a common approach to their art making is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s tenth season. Manifest is proud to showcase this tour de […]

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Berkshire landscape

©7/14 r potak Berkshire Landscape 11 x 14″  acrylic on treated canvas paper At: russpotak.blogspot.com/  

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Art is an ark

There’s Spoon and then there’s everything else in contemporary music. When Parquet Courts released Light Up Gold, after a few listens, I thought: hm, look out, Spoon. I emailed the hosts of Sound Opinions praising them for ranking the Parquet Courts debut as one of the brightest moments in music last year. Yet I regret […]

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Selling without selling out

Interesting post from Brain Pickings on how to succeed–in the sense of making money (in my book, Van Gogh succeeded even though he wasn’t a “success”)–without lowering your standards:  . . . for many working artists, who straddle the balance between creativity and commerce, art swells into a form of uncomfortable self-consciousness . . . […]

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