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Post #393 • October 22, 2004, 7:16 AM • 8 Comments

Michelle Weinberg for the Miami New Times: Get Unreal:In a processed world where the artificial becomes authentic, this show makes sense.

Michael Mills for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Degrees of Separation: Iturria infuses drabness with warmth and exposes the wires that connect us all.

Michael Mills for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Arbeat.

I want to make a bit of an apology for yesterday's post, which set a record here at for self-indulgence, one of the side-effects of depression. While I stand by my preferences, the fact remains that I plan to be a part of Art Basel, the American Academy in Rome, the Getty, or something like them one day, and referring to their current participants as simians was ill-tempered. I would rather confess to immaturity now than be guilty of hypocrisy later. The bottom line is that I haven't been doing enough lately to maintain myself, and unfocused abuse of the art world is not going to do me or my readers any good. I want to thank everybody who wrote in with a pat on the back and assure everyone that I'm not going to let the blog devolve into a report on my state, which even I don't find all that interesting once I snap out of it (and I invariably do). Thanks for reading.

Update - I swear these weren't posted this morning: Omar Sommereyns for Street: Video Junkie and Natural Talent.




October 22, 2004, 5:13 PM

no need for apologies, everyone gets to the point of saying "f*ck it all" sometimes. anyhow looking at some of the links above just reinforces your sentiments from yesterday.



October 22, 2004, 6:58 PM

Indulgence, remorse, the cycle goes on. Doing it in public revs up the pain. But for better or worse, no one except you will remember any of it in a week. Like yesterday's newspaper.

Both those New Times sheets sure give their art writers plenty of room - much more than they need - to expand on the Dreck of the Week. A friend of mine has some of those Iturria paintings. They are dingy, all right, and terribly painted.

The Lowe show is very contemporary. The art is mannered and silly, but it will give you a taste of what is up-to-date.



October 22, 2004, 7:10 PM

You may have been ill-tempered, Franklin, but you were still on target. There's so much to be dissatisfied with, if not downright angry about, in the art world that a permanent state of ill temper is not unjustified (though it may not be very healthy or useful). Simians are everywhere.



October 22, 2004, 7:13 PM

Yesterdays post was straight forward and honest. That's enough for me.



October 22, 2004, 7:53 PM

I saw the Lowe show reviewed above (yes, I'm still too weak for my own good, but I got in free, and it was a slow weekend). It depressed me, which may have been part of the point, but I still don't recommend it. The theme could be interpreted as "If you can't beat it, join it." Not for me.


Jerome du Bois

October 23, 2004, 2:19 AM

Franklin (and everyone, for that matter):

Therapy for depression:

Just drop what you're doing and go out and buy the new Pink Martini album, "Hang On Little Tomato," if you haven't already.

Have a nice weekend, all.




October 23, 2004, 10:37 PM

Just found out the new show at the Bass, which is of some interest but hardly unmissable, is $12, or twice the usual admission fee. Maybe they figure if Ft Lauderdale can charge $19.50 for Princess Di, they can jack up their price as well. I don't think so.



October 25, 2004, 1:51 PM

SMILE by Brian Wilson. One of the reasons I enjoy music much more than visual art these days. I don't have to leave my house and I can pick and choose what I want to listen to. Affordable also!



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