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Post #416 • November 26, 2004, 9:08 AM • 14 Comments

Anne Tschida for the Miami Herald: MAM exhibits take shape.

Street: pthh. I think they're still working on it. I'll check later.

Michelle Weinberg for the Miami New Times: It's All About Me: When artists portray themselves, strange things can happen.

Miami New Times: Current Art Shows.

Megan Kenny for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Artbeat.

Gary Schwan for the Palm Beach Post: Tapies from prolific area of Spanish artists.

Charles Passy for the Palm Beach Post: Artists talk about the Palm Beach County scene.

See you there: MoCA tonight, if I'm feeling masochistic and want to subject myself to John Espinoza's work. (Warning: even visiting the website is masochistic.) Tomorrow Barbara Gillman is opening a show of the consistently amazing Robert Thiele. A bunch of people are opening their Basel shows, including Dorsch.

Also, a show I would like to have reviewed by now, Jacin Giordano at Snitzer, is coming down this weekend. Giordano is one of the city's stronger painters, and I'm making sure to get to it. You might too.



shaolin soccer mom

November 26, 2004, 5:48 PM

so help me GOD . . .

can the MoCA people explain why I have to endure mid-90's style techno chimes when I visit their site?!1?!?! What have I done to deserve such punishment.



that guy in the back row

November 26, 2004, 5:58 PM

This clause stands out for its silliness: "John Espinosas sculptural dioramas pinpoint moments of epiphany and transformation." How? please tell me. I'm yearning for art that transforms the senses but this won't cut it.



November 26, 2004, 9:55 PM

Well, back row guy, when people who are SUPPOSED to know best (or at least be in the know) promote and stand behind, uh, questionable material, they HAVE to sound as if the stuff is not only valid but significant and noteworthy. Otherwise, their credibility, status, rep and so forth are in danger. It's called talking a good game, or you might consider it a variant of the Wizard of Oz ploy. Welcome to the art establishment.



November 26, 2004, 10:19 PM

Franklin, I don't know why you keep referring readers to the Dorsche and Snitzer sites for current show information. Neither one has been updated since last summer.

The chimes soccermom takes exception to on the MOCA site are annoying to an extreme. Back Row Guy found some text there about Espinosa; i couldn't find it. Maybe a computer thing.

What is so "consistently amazing" about Robert Thiele? If he consistently shows those innocuous little groups of huddled flotsam the consistency is only amazing by its singular lack of vitality. Of course compared to the rest of Gilman's stable (that is, with the exception of the obligatory sprinkling of "big names" whose NY dealers generate mass-produced and prints and such to ship to the hinterlands) his work hardly suffers. At least her web site seems up to date, for what its worth.

It is high season; the holidays are here; Basel is around the corner. Is this the best we can do?



November 26, 2004, 10:38 PM

Oldpro - I link to the sites so that people can get the address and phone number if nothing else. Although I just called down to Snitzer and nobody answered, even though they're supposed to be open. I guess I'll drive down and try my luck.

It's not a computer thing - the MoCA site is a usability disaster and the annoying beeping starts up every time you go back to the front page. Awful.

"Lack of vitality"? To each his own, Oldpro. I find them beautifully nuanced, particularly when he forms his surfaces with scrim and glass, and puts some kind of colored material distantly behind them.


another miami artist

November 26, 2004, 11:42 PM

good point franklin, i may disagree with you at times, but your defense of giordano shows that what differentiates you from some people in your blog is openmindedness.


shaolin soccer mom

November 27, 2004, 12:36 AM

It has something to do with art people being generally computer-illiterate. If Fred and Brook really wanted to, they could learn enough about Microsoft Frontpage or something to update their site. I can hear their moans: "we're too busy, do you have any idea how much work it is to run this gallery?"

It doesn't fly: they're busy doing STUFF for their galleries, and all of that STUFF is getting prioritized above their sites. It shows that they don't understand the importance of the internet, which I suppose is shocking. I think computer-aversion, which is rampant (I would say "universal" if this wern't the blog of an extreme counter-example) in the art world.

And while we're on the topic of poorly updated web sites, let us visit, where our fearless leader asks us to send in our museum's schedule, because "I'm going to relaunch the site May 15, 2004."



November 27, 2004, 12:41 AM

I don't read the Herald, but maybe someone here who does can answer this: Did the Herald run ANY investigative work on Bond Issue #8 and what went on behind the scenes to get it passed? I expect it almost certainly did not, but I'd like to have that confirmed.



November 27, 2004, 12:44 AM


If you are referring to the present discussion, Franklin is referring to Thiele, not Giordano.


I found out how to get to the Espinoza information: you click on the thing that looks like a rag rug in the upper right. How would you know? Artiness is the enemy of design.

Now, about our disagreement re Thiele, I figured that out too, once I remembered that you & I disagreed about Chuck close a while ago. Clearly the whole problem is that you like little enclosed boxy things that repeat to form a big thing and i don't. It can't be esthetic, because when it comes to that we are both infallable, right? And openminded.



November 27, 2004, 2:21 AM

SSM - Brook's web troubles will soon be over in the coming year. Stay tuned... Regarding Go See Art, you may not have been reading this blog when I blew off GSA once and for all. Way too much grunt work, and Street was publishing the same information anyway. I'd rather put my deal into this site and Drawing Project.

Oldpro - actually, I kind of hate big amalgams of little boxy things, on the whole, but that's not what I get from Thiele, and as for Close, well, I have no explanation. And of course we're infallible. Ahem. Openmindedly infallible. *cough* I guess this ought to keep the people who think you're a pseudonym of me guessing...

(For the record, I don't appear in the comments as anyone but myself.) (But I would say that, wouldn't I?)



November 27, 2004, 7:40 AM

So Franklin, did you make like Masoch? I didn't, I'm proud to say. There was a time when I would have, what with it being Basel time and all, but now I can go through the five hundred or so notices in Street of shows opening around AB and ignore the vast majority of them. There's something about being able to say "No, I won't."



November 27, 2004, 6:20 PM

Jack, I did end up going after all, and got abused, but not in the way I thought I would. Review on Monday. On the other hand, and ran into the charming proprietress of the new DQ Bookstore in the Grove, who was there to see the Spam Allstars, so the evening wasn't all lost.



November 27, 2004, 11:46 PM

Franklin: I didn't know anyone thought we were a pseudonym, but I suppose it would be handy for you, so you could Jekyll the bloggers and I could do the Hydeing. And again, of course, what else would I (you)(we) say anyway?



November 28, 2004, 5:53 PM

Franklin: I have to agree with you about Bob Thiele. His work shown at B Gilman right now is terrific; you should post a shot or two on the blog to win over any naysayers. i would love to see a thirty year range of his work to see how he arrived at this new work.

And speaking of arriving, the art carnies are slowly making their way down our beloved Ronald Reagan turnpike. Yikes. Is it just me or does anyone find it strange that the Art Basel fair, or any other art event would open on Dec1, aka Day Without Art? Has this recognition come and gone? Do other cities or facilities still recognize DWA? Just curious.
(I think it's poor form)



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