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Post #380 • October 5, 2004, 10:42 AM • 16 Comments




October 5, 2004, 6:22 PM

The committes was formed pursuant to (I have always wanted to use that phrase) a comment I made in response to Jerome (who was responding to a comment that Franklin did not seem "official" enough) on the discussion following the "artblog publication launch" October 1:

Friday 1 October 2004 5:04 pm

It's OK, Jerome. Franklin got my permission, and I am making up a Certified Art Critic & Artist (CACA) badge and certificate for him.

Henceforth he will pass everything before my committee.

We can't have people just saying whatever they think.

It seemed to me that because Artbog posters always agree with eventything I say, never take issue and never call me nasty names or impute incorrect ulterior motives to me, that I should form a committee to prevent any possible outbursts of unseemly thought, excessively independent opinion and positions contrary to mine (and Franklin's, now that he is a member, though of course he can hereby never disagree with me). The committee will review and emend all blog entries to create a wholesome hegemony which will appeal to the larger cultural community. We felt that it was about time someone took steps to clean up this mess we call the art business.


Suicide Artist

October 5, 2004, 7:44 PM



Jerome du Bois

October 5, 2004, 10:39 PM

I am honored and humbled to have played a small part in the formation of CACA . . . I think.

You do good work, oldpro. And Franklin looks his usual well-scrambled self. I could pick him out on the street: there he is, officer!

You guys seemed to have survived four hurricanes with plenty of humor intact. Kudos to you all from the serene (by comparison) Southwest.



that guy in the back row

October 5, 2004, 10:50 PM

thats great! I could have used some official looking badge last weekend while I was trying review a show at art objects last weekend. Did anyone else go?



October 5, 2004, 11:19 PM

long live caca! long live caca!



October 5, 2004, 11:34 PM

Never fear, Eddie, CACA us always with us.

And thanks, Jerome. I think if Franklin were out on the street in that particular form the offficer might call for reinforcements. "They've landed, they've landed!!"



October 5, 2004, 11:36 PM


You've got company.

Among those, The Chicago Art Critics Association, which says this about its name: "Our two co-founders chose our group's name well aware of the resulting acronym and with a self-deprecating chuckle."


Jerome du Bois

October 6, 2004, 12:03 AM


Sad but true, CACA always has company.

Prompted by some psychic finger, I ran your signature through a suffistikaded handwriting analysis program, and you know what came out?

"They've landed, they've landed!"

So now I know.

(It's a goofy day, idnit? Ah, well, where's my House Wine? That's the label; really. From the Magnificent Wine Company, it says here.)




that guy in the back row

October 6, 2004, 12:40 AM

eddie, your new paintings look good. Your blog is all over the place, but you might just have something with those sketchy little portraits. loose, light and confident. (Those are yours right?)


Herr Kunstmeister

October 6, 2004, 12:55 AM

This is all very well, but now all deserving galleries must become duly certified as CACA outlets. This should present no difficulty in most cases, as it would simply make the obvious official. Reportedly major collectors should be required to obtain CACA permits before being allowed to show their shit, i.e. works, publicly. All museum exhibitions must be inspected by CACA staff before opening, and, if deemed appropriate, CACA logos must be prominently displayed on any show-related literature, press releases, and exhibition labels. In other words, any work and the creators/promoters thereof who fall within the scope of CACA should be clearly and explicitly identified as such, as befits public disclosure and the pursuit of the general welfare. I trust such a logical and reasonable approach will meet with no dissension of any kind.



October 6, 2004, 1:02 AM

So much for you, Jerome, now that you have found me out. We know where you live. When they come, just go quietly.

And Dan, when one does something original these days imitators spring up immediately, thanks to the speed of the internet.



October 6, 2004, 1:03 AM

CACA: it's not just an organization - it's a movement.


old pro

October 6, 2004, 1:17 AM


All this is in the works, especially dealing with those "CACA outlets". Some of them, though not many, distribute non-CACA materials and this unhealthy trend will be stopped by CACA brown-shirt proctor squads. Dissent will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.

Initiation of CACA principles begins with the reading of our fundamental text "Mein CACA", available at Amazon and other CACA retailers. These principles are also reflected in most major art magazines and are promulgated by academics in all our major universities.

We are everywhere. Resistance is futile.


Jerome du Bois

October 6, 2004, 3:27 AM


A movement. That was the best of the lowest; is there a coprological version of Godwin's Law?


When they come, just sent me to Funkytown.




October 6, 2004, 3:40 AM

If there is, Jerome, it will be a lot worse than that. We haven't even gotten to the S word yet.



October 6, 2004, 7:08 PM

All right, enough CACA. I had an unusually pleasant art-related experience last night. In connection with the show I previously "reviewed" here (see Oct. 1) at the Spanish Cultural Center, said center held a public symposium with all the artists and the curator, each of them discussing issues related to the exhibition. It was very interesting and civilized, and I was left wishing this sort of thing would happen more often. I should mention that this is not a commercial space, although both the show and the symposium were free. Triff will review it fo NT.

I recommend the space and the show. The hours are not the best (M-F, 10-5), but it's a nice change from the usual. The center is at 37th Ave. and 8th St. SW, diagonally across from the Shell station. You can park on what I guess is 9th St. behind the complex.



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