the herald's art coverage
Post #617 • September 5, 2005, 9:12 AM • 158 Comments
Indeed. Additional points:
Don't get me wrong - the MAC show merited coverage, even a lot of coverage. But trying to parse why the Olitski show didn't, at least in the eyes of our printed publications, leads one to depressing conclusions, mostly along the lines of people not having the capability to deal with serious, non-trendy work - real originality, and the weird nonconformity associated with it. I agree that one solid review every week would address everything worth addressing in this town and turn media coverage into less of a zero-sum game. Remember what we're arguing for - just one review a week. That's all. Not daily visual art coverage - just one weekly entry, befitting a major metropolis with an allegedly booming arts scene. But no paper in town will do it, despite repeated, even organized begging from the art community.
Beth Dunlop also freelances for the Herald, so I have no idea why her bio would appear instead of Turner's.
Any way you slice it, Herald.com comes up crazy: bad design, bad navigation, bad archiving, and delusions that its content justifies registration. Their worthless attempt at blogging, linked from CM's post, shows that they don't do new media any better than old.
The Herald is now the enemy of the South Florida art world. That's not an overstatement - the Miami Herald makes editorial decisions that work against your interests as someone who believes in art's value.
At the time I encouraged people to write to the Herald to express their disappointment about the Herald blowing off the Dorsch tsunami fundraiser in favor of a fluff piece about a book about Cuban art published the previous October. Herald editor Shelly Acoca got back to Alesh (#11) saying that the Herald had plans to expand its art coverage. This never came to pass, of course, and I would encourage Alesh and anyone else to follow up with her (SAcoca@herald.com) to find out why, but only for sport - they demonstrably don't give a shit.
Also at the time I encouraged everyone to discuss how to pound nails in the Herald's coffin. I'm addressing this one on my own, with Go See Art. Thanks for the props, Alesh - soon, very soon, in fact, Go See Art is going to become even more powerful and interactive. It's forthcoming revenue stream looks pretty viable, and its demographic, unlike the Herald's, is expanding.