Post #760 • March 24, 2006, 6:55 AM • 30 Comments
"I have had art critics say to me, 'What you are talking about is what we feel when we look at a painting.' I don't know where the dialogue goes from there. If we leave that aside, for me there is absolutely nothing left. I am not interested in what I can elaborate afterwards, if the first impulse is not one that is emotional. It's impossible. So, yes, I'm very uninterested in looking at that. As a way, also, of saying this belongs to us all. This is how we used to look at art and this is how we have the right to look at art again - I like it, I don't like. That's where we start." Alberto Manguel, interviewed by Robert Birnbaum for The Morning News.
We could really do something with the tech behind this: "In my case about 400 pictures were uploaded. I was presented with a view of facial thumbnails of everyone in my photos. Riya asks that you begin to educate it by telling it who the people are... it then very quickly starts to auto-tag pictures with a surprising level of accuracy. Riya also recognizes text in photos, and lets you select any area of a photo and tag that as well. For instance, you could select just the Eiffel Tower in a photo and tag it as such. Within moments, everything of importance in all of my photos was tagged. And more importantly, it was searchable." (Kottke)
"It is my conviction that art has nothing to do with politics or dissent." Max Liebermann, reviewed by Grace Guleck.
"Any love you can send our way would greatly be appreciated. We'll even take hate. But if you just ignore us, we'll stalk you. Thanks, Franklin!" So said the e-mail from Calling Marcel, "where artists, writers and performers go for the information they need to get ahead." Or, well, one place they could go. If they need information. About, like, stuff you can apply for, not how to make art or anything. Seriously, the site is handsome and looks useful. There's a joke in here somewhere: what happens when you call Marcel?
"'Well that was a complete waste of money,' I heard one elderly Geordie complain to another, walking out of a conceptual art exhibition for which admission was free..." James Delingpole for the UK Times. (AJ)
Rene Barge has a new website. Rene, what's up with that domain name?
Tonight at the Gables Books & Books, 8 PM, Alfredo Triff will present his collection of essays from the New Times. Fred Snitzer and MAM curator Lorie Mertes will be in attendance. They will dance. Or something.