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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Media Seduction

The Dec/Jan issue of Interview¬†is chock full of Art World hero making. If you want to have a peek at how reputations are made and maintained this is a good place to begin. The lengthy first ¬†section begins with a statement about art and life as it is playing out in the middle of the […]

The Discussion Spreads

It seems others have gotten involved in discussing Popular Culture and its workings in the art world. I saw this article on Art Info and this article on Edward Winkleman’s blog. We have already touched on some of these ideas in our post entitled the Hero Myth. We briefly discussed the way artists can be […]

Popular Culture – The Middle Brow

The precondition for kitsch, a condition without which kitsch would be impossible, is the availability close at hand of a fully matured cultural tradition, whose discoveries, acquisitions, and perfected self-consciousness kitsch can take advantage of for its own ends. It borrows from it devices, tricks, stratagems, rules of thumb, themes, converts them into a system, […]

Popular Culture – High and Low

A society, as it becomes less and less able, in the course of its development, to justify the inevitability of its particular forms, breaks up the accepted notions upon which artists and writers must depend in large part for communication with their audiences. It becomes difficult to assume anything. All the verities involved by religion, […]

Infected Gripes

A while back the art magazine “Modern Painters” had a change of ownership. Now I always used to enjoy getting my subscription – I could be sure that there would be an article or two on modern painters. After the change over that didn’t seem to be the case any longer, and because of that, […]


Just a quick mention of a couple of things. The fabulous Jackie Saccoccio has put together an ongoing collaborative show for the Art Production Fund at 15 Wooster Street- BlueBalls examines the transitory nature of the creative moment, the acquisitive character of the viewer and the curious longing that occurs between the two. 15 artists […]