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Post #651 • October 28, 2005, 5:49 PM • 19 Comments

Artblog.net headquarters still have no power, but its proprietor counts himself among the living. Posts will resume along with the electricity. When will that happen? Don't know. Slightly over half of Miami-Dade residences have had power restored. I am not in that half.

Alas, the local art world continues to turn.

Comment

1.

JL

October 28, 2005, 8:03 PM

Sympathy and best wishes to all down there - sounds awful. I remember one hurricane, Bob I think, when we lost power for over a week - not fun. We didn't experience the kind of damage it seems people have had this time, though. Take care.

2.

that guy

October 29, 2005, 11:08 PM

Well, at least with those fluffy slippers her crash through the glass ceiling will not be so injurious. Sorry Bernice. Better luck next year?

3.

catfish

October 30, 2005, 12:01 AM

Guess getting a museum show don't mean what it used to mean for the BS artists. That could be a sign of life returning to art judgment.

Glad to see the occassional post here and there on the ole blog.

4.

Jack

October 30, 2005, 12:04 PM

I expect the Basel honchos had to make room for more dealers selling upscale designer lamps and such. There are already plenty of "conventional" dealers like Steinbaum, so she was expendable. If the people want fancy-schmancy home decor with the Basel label, the people must be satisfied. Business, after all, is always business.

5.

catfish

October 30, 2005, 1:46 PM

Jack, I think this may be a case of business being a better god to serve than art. I looked at the work of a couple of BS's artists and I'd rather look at a nice lamp.

Nice to see that you can post.

6.

oldpro

October 30, 2005, 5:03 PM

I'd rather look at an ugly lamp.

7.

catfish

October 30, 2005, 5:47 PM

I'd rather look at an ugly lamp.

Now that you bring it up, so would I. Those genius granted, museum shown artists would have to improve some to look as good as a bad lamp.

8.

elvisa

October 30, 2005, 10:26 PM

Sadly, none of the four Miami galleries belong there. Their spaces are the only ones that look like flea-market booths….always trying “too hard” to show everybody…and the end result is: clutter installations with mediocre medium size work. In my opinion, they need to work on their selection of artists and the space.

9.

Jack

October 31, 2005, 1:40 PM

So with Steinbaum out, is some other Miami gallery now in? It looks like her spot was not given to anybody local.

10.

Franklin

October 31, 2005, 3:06 PM

Greetings from the Coral Gables Public Library. 76% of all Miami-Dade customers have had their power restored. I am not one of those 76%.

11.

Jack

October 31, 2005, 8:57 PM

Neither am I, Franklin. Every day I get angrier, not so much at what's happened after Wilma, but at what didn't happen before--i.e., proper and obviously necessary tree trimming and/or cutting by FPL and/or city authorities to minimize tree damage to susceptible power lines. This weekend as I drove around, I saw lines all over the place not just too close to trees, but going right through them. How could such a clear and present threat have been ignored? Welcome to responsible public service (yes, it's a joke--a bitter one).

12.

oldpro

November 1, 2005, 10:19 AM

Me neither.

Clearly, they are discriminating against atblog regulars.

I recently learned that FPL repair work goes by the POMO procedure: Postmodernists on; Modernists off.

It's right there on that map they show on TV all the time.

It ain't fair.

13.

Jack

November 1, 2005, 10:54 AM

In the unlikely event anyone is interested, the houses across the street from me got power back last Tuesday (the day after the hurricane). I'm still waiting, and FPL people are a rare sighting in my area. The city has yet to pick up and take away the first twig, as far as I can tell; all they've done is clear the streets of tree junk. The residents themselves (or private people paid by residents) have done the great majority of the work so far. I'm mightily impressed and reassured. I can't wait till the next city elections.

14.

Franklin

November 1, 2005, 3:36 PM

Kathleen is still out as well. I saw her and her family walking out of the library yesterday, and I said, "It rains on the just and unjust alike, doesn't it?" They all seem to be of good cheer, and more power to them, because my attempts at the same are under heavy pressure.

15.

Jack

November 2, 2005, 12:16 PM

Still waiting for light. What angers me most is that those who failed to do their job of keeping power lines clear from trees will not only get away with it, but will also profit from the resulting damage as a way to get more money out of the public. It's like "We're not to blame, and we have no choice but to charge more." It's a great racket.

16.

Alice

November 2, 2005, 2:35 PM

Jack, with all due respect, you sound so self-involved!

17.

yep!

November 2, 2005, 3:11 PM

i second that, Alice.

18.

Jack

November 2, 2005, 7:41 PM

Thanks for the input, #16. I'll pass it on to my 80-year-old parent, who has trouble getting around in bright electrical lighting (let alone flickering candlelight), is afraid of taking ice-cold baths, doesn't know what to do without TV in the evenings, and is generally decompensating after 10 days without power.

But hey, if I can give someone an excuse for a cheap shot, it's all worth it.

19.

oldpro

November 3, 2005, 11:32 AM

We arre all self-involved, guys. Jack is just being up front about it.

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