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Post #664 • November 18, 2005, 6:42 AM • 35 Comments

This is a whole new ballgame, kids.

Hovig helped out so much with this that I'm about ready to propose to him. Seriously, he was working on the new GSA functionality while I was working on the Dorsch site, Art Anatomy, and the provision of content here. Huge, huge thanks to him.

At first blush, the changes are cosmetic. But hit those Current Exhibition links. Yeah.

Problems, post them here. Site-killing problems, e-mail me.

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1.

Kathleen

November 18, 2005, 9:32 AM

Post a review!!! Awesome! Is it a login deal, or open to anyone?

2.

Jack

November 18, 2005, 10:02 AM

How can one tell if a review 's been posted?

3.

Franklin

November 18, 2005, 10:13 AM

Kathleen: It's open to everyone - you just have to create an account for yourself.

Jack: When a review exists, instead of "post a review," it says "2 reviews" or whatever.

4.

Jack

November 18, 2005, 10:17 AM

Are the reviewers automatically made known to readers or identified somehow (even if it's a pseudonym)?

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Franklin

November 18, 2005, 10:22 AM

Are the reviewers automatically made known to readers or identified somehow (even if it's a pseudonym)?

Yes. You pick a name when you create an account. That name appears next to any review that you write. Also, there can only be one review from each account per exhibition. There's not going to be the same kind of back and forth that you find here.

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that guy

November 18, 2005, 10:54 AM

wow, nice work.

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alesh

November 18, 2005, 11:06 AM

Now THAT is some cool stuff. Wow.

8.

rjm

November 18, 2005, 12:30 PM

Hey Franklin

I registered. When it sent me my confirmation email, i copied and pasted the link and i kept getting a " The Page cannot be found".....

any suggestions??

9.

Hovig

November 18, 2005, 12:48 PM

rjm - Are you able to login? You'll know you're successfully activated and logged in when your name appears in the upper-left (like "welcome, rjm").

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rjm

November 18, 2005, 2:27 PM

ok. worked fine..no problems logging in..is there a way to change one's user name without creating a new account? gutless anonimity is key for these things ....(whoops, i used my name ..)

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Franklin

November 18, 2005, 2:31 PM

If you change your name, all of the reviews associated with that account will display the new name. (Honestly, I don't know if we've even built in that option yet.) So, only one name per account, and only one account per e-mail address.

12.

Brook

November 18, 2005, 4:17 PM

What about adding to the bottom of the side bar a list of the recent reviews added?

13.

alesh

November 18, 2005, 4:22 PM

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has Art in the 'Toon Age. It opens tomorrow, though the reception is in December. I mention this because it's the only show I'd be qualified to write anything about right now, and I'm anxious to try this out.

14.

Franklin

November 18, 2005, 5:48 PM

Is there an opening reception tomorrow, too, or just on Dec. 8?

15.

alesh

November 18, 2005, 9:15 PM

Nah... the original opening (which was supposed to be tonight) was scrapped due to post-hurricane complications. Dec 8th is the reception - a nice post-basel cool-down.

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wwc

November 19, 2005, 8:56 PM

Very nice thing to see. It would be great in a place like DC.

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Franklin

November 19, 2005, 9:29 PM

Guess what happens after we have stable code, Warren...

18.

Jack

November 20, 2005, 1:10 AM

Given the precedent of off-topic posts during the weekend, here's one:

The latest issue of Modern Painters has articles on the films of Jacques Demy (you know, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and such), the Pixar animated film studio, and, get this:

A Rod Stewart concert in England (3 pages, 6 color photos).

What's wrong with this picture? Could it be a blatant misnomer of a title? Could it be gross miscalculation of what people expect when they buy a magazine ostensibly about painting? Could it be fear of seeming "too narrow"? Or could it just be rampant fatuousness?

19.

Lucy

November 20, 2005, 3:46 PM

Hey, on another note....Has anyone gone to see the "Shortcuts Between Reality and Fiction" at Bass Museum of Art......? Any cooments on that?
Was anyone there for the opening?

20.

Jack

November 20, 2005, 5:41 PM

Tried to register on Go See Art, but still waiting for the confirmation e-mail.

Anyhow, went to MAM today (nothing better to do + free admission). The "Mapping Space" show is slim pickings. Mostly for people who can do without significant visual interest or distinction given enough concept. I'm not one of them. MAM comes through again (Not). Of course, a new building will fix everything (and FPL will become a model of public service).

The trip was redeemed by an interesting show at the adjacent Main Library, featuring works on paper by Emilio Sanchez, an atypical Cuban-born painter who lived most of his life in New York City. He's best known for non-abstract abstractions of architectural structures or details thereof, with an emphasis on geometric relationships and strong colors (though some black-and-white pieces are also effective). Recommended.

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ms quoted

November 20, 2005, 10:46 PM

A public forum that encourages reviews sounds great! I hope it doesn't end up being alot of "It rocked" or "It sucked" or "Good Job! Keep at it" or other yearbook/greeting card sayings. People don't even know how to form an opinion on an experience let alone have the ability to express it. I am definitely one of those individuals BUT I am trying.

I was talking about a painting with a brilliant artist and I said I liked how the painting moved. I then had to sit through a few moments as the poor artist struggled to find a suitable response with a look of glazed-eye looked horror. It was the best response I have ever received because it cut right through the bullshit, no sincerity or pandering. The experience made me desperate to see and experience more art and to continue to attempt to talk about it. I want to read reviews and learn how people see and process. I hope people take to seriously and honestly reviewing what they see.

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Jack

November 20, 2005, 10:48 PM

Forgot to mention: the "Mapping Space" show at MAM, which opened Nov. 17, is scheduled to be up through April 9, 2006. Just shy of five months for something hardly worth 5 weeks. Still, at least MAM's not doubling the entrance fee because of higher oil prices and hurricane expenses. Thank goodness for small favors.

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Jack

November 20, 2005, 11:02 PM

In all fairness, "Mapping Space" has a nice piece by Luisa Basnuevo, which I'd already seen, and some interesting pieces by Lynne Golob Gelfman, but again, the show is slim pickings.

24.

alesh

November 21, 2005, 9:14 AM

Oh, I get it... after the kinks are ironed out, we'll get miami.goseeart.com, newyork.goseeart.com, etc. Then we start in with the ads, and pretty soon Franklin's an internet mogoul! Incidentally, I'm experimenting with ads a little on Critical Miami this week.

25.

Franklin

November 21, 2005, 9:52 AM

Ms., one of the features on the verge of release is propping. Under each review will appear the following:

Like this review? Give it a prop.

Propped reviews will appear with a thicker border - an extra pixel per eight props will be the trial rate, max 10 pixels - so you know who's being intelligent at a brief glance. (You can only prop if you log in, so it's community only.)

Alesh is a quick study.

Jack, I feel your pain. I used to love Modern Painters. Now I don't even look.

26.

wwc

November 21, 2005, 11:06 AM

Franklin, I assumed this was part of your effort to create an art-media empire. Godspeed and good luck. Can you add an "unprops" feature that makes dumb comments smaller?

As for Moden Painters, I unfortunately subscribed just when they decided to be a fashion magazine. Ugh.

27.

Franklin

November 21, 2005, 12:00 PM

Warren, No unprops or antiprops. Dumb comments just stay their plain old selves.

28.

Jack

November 21, 2005, 12:20 PM

Franklin, I'm still waiting for my confirmation e-mail (since yesterday) from when I tried (twice) to register on Go See Art.

29.

Franklin

November 21, 2005, 12:24 PM

Jack, check your spam filter and see if it's getting trapped there.

30.

Jack

November 21, 2005, 1:28 PM

Yep, it was in the filter. It's OK now.

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Jack

November 21, 2005, 6:43 PM

I assume that Modern Painters took its title from that of the famous book by John Ruskin, the renowned 19th century British art critic. If so, Ruskin must be spinning in his grave so much that his part of the cemetery probably sounds like somebody using a cheap generator in the aftermath of a hurricane.

32.

oldpro

November 21, 2005, 8:44 PM

I got no confirmation either, and I don't think I have a spam filter

33.

Franklin

November 21, 2005, 8:56 PM

Things look okay on this end, OP. Make sure you have no spam filter, then e-mail me.

34.

alesh

November 21, 2005, 10:01 PM

are we throwing in feature suggestions already? i'm sure Franklin knows exactly where he wants this baby to go, but i would suggest

1. some way for users to add shows (maybe 'tursted' users?); would save the webmaster work, plus create a more comprehensive database
2. some way to make it easy to find recently added reviews. maybe a "recent reviews" list, maybe just highlighting the "1 review" link...
3. anything to make the list of exhibitions a little easier to digest; right now it's sort of a long, intimidating list at first glance. I'd maybe group spaces by district, and combine shows at the same gallery with the same dates.

overall, though, it's like a godsend.

35.

Franklin

November 21, 2005, 10:29 PM

1. No. I'll probably build up an interface that will let me hire someone for data entry.

2. Yes. That's imminent.

3. I'm thinking about a short-view version of the current page, just exhibition title and space. But for now I want to keep it as simple as possible.

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