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Post #817 • June 23, 2006, 8:23 AM • 16 Comments

Grammar.police hath returned.

Kate Kretz, a fellow artist/Miami émigré, has a blog.

"Formidable, yet benign"? Don't make me come down there, Roberta.

Dusko Petrovich covers the new book of Rothko's writings.

Christopher Knight covers the Venetian painting show at the NGA. They have a Sheeler show up too.

Alex Toth, generally regarded by comics artists as God or something like it, died last month at his drawing board. (AJ)

Paintings from 690 BCE discovered in Veio, north of Rome. (Reddit)

Drawn rounds up Jim Flora on Today's Inspiration and elsewhere.

Willard Wigan's tiny sculptures. (Reddit)

Jason Kottke catches a renovation booboo at the Gugg.

"'There's a saying in Japan that if you have a Hakuin painting in your store, you'll be safe from thieves, and fire and earthquakes,' explains Professor John Stevens. 'It obviously worked in New Orleans, too.'" Steve Meacham reports on the Gitter-Yelen Collection, selections of which are on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales after coming uncomfortably close to their doom. (Andrew)

Sun Tunnels by Scott Carrier. (Supergirl)

Old news to some, but a good roundup of the art-as-investment meme. (Andrew)

The Abston Church of Christ. From the FAQ: "Abston is a fictional town, named after the plastic that LEGO is made from [Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene]. (Supergirl)

Department of Skills: la magia del futbol. (Reddit)

Next week: art reviews. Crazy, I know.




June 24, 2006, 10:21 PM

There may be a review tomorrow, if the weather's decent and I make it out to the show of the finalists for the Legal Art award or grant, which include a host of local luminaries. Luminaries, of course, local or otherwise, hardly guarantee stellar work. We'll see.



June 24, 2006, 10:45 PM

Franklin, you are, of course, going to the Venetian show at the NG, right? It sounds too good to be true. Hope you can do something like what you did with the Memling show at the Frick. This show has got MAJOR written all over it.



June 25, 2006, 7:59 AM

I agree. That looks like it's worth a trip down there. The Sheeler is gravy. Look forward to your review.



June 25, 2006, 9:41 AM

The Kurrent Kitsch Klash via the Brooklyn Rail



June 25, 2006, 8:15 PM

I shouldn't have gone (to the show of the 10 finalists for the Legal Art Emerging Artist Grant). The weather was lousy all day; I was in a crappy mood, and I knew what to expect. I got it. It did not improve my mood.

The Artcenter South Florida space felt dead. Or deadening. The work was like, Why am I doing this? Why do I keep doing it? What obligation do I have to something that, far more often than not, disappoints me?. Sorry. Existentialist moment, or something. Must have been the rain.

I don't really want to talk about it in detail, least of all the winner, Bert Rodriguez (of Snitzer). I understand he's been called Miami's Duchamp by Alfredo Triff (one of the 3 judges for the award). I can't tell you how reassuring that is. Now we only need somebody to be Miami's Dali, and we'll be all set. Oh, and someone to be Miami's Yves Klein (he'll just have to pick a different color). The only thing better would be to have Miami's Christo (and Jeanne Claude, of course). Makes me giddy.

First runner-up (do they really have to use Miss America terminology?) was Jacin Giordano. Second prize was a tie between Cooper and Jiae Hwang. All three are also of Snitzer. Giordano's piece was the only thing there that got my attention. Unfortunately, it did not manage to hold it.

For anyone interested, there will be an "artchat" with the winner July 8 at 7 PM. He will be interviewed by Snitzer and Triff. Imagine that. I will not be attending. I'll be out scouring the woods for the new Christo.



June 25, 2006, 9:35 PM

While en route to the Artcenter on Lincoln Road, I walked past the Britto emporium and saw a nifty sign behind the window (yes, I looked in there; I couldn't help it; it's like roadkill). It was apparently from the UBS corporate people congratulating Britto for his (cough) contribution to the arts, plus it said something about art as an investment (hacking cough). Nice to know corporate America is on the ball.


Mchl Wllms

June 25, 2006, 10:03 PM

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June 25, 2006, 11:37 PM

And you, Jack, must be Miami's Diogenes, holding your lamp high to throw light into the dark corners of corruption. Except our corruption is so small timey and mickey mouse it is hardly worth burning the oil.

What in the world is the "Legal Art Emerging Artist Grant" anyway?



June 26, 2006, 1:03 AM

Saw Wyeth in Phila. today - old white peoples art or timeless stuff? - and Julie Hefernan in Columbia S.C. the other day. Is this what represents the current criticism regarding the status quo in art and appreciation? Is Miami art more cuttting edge and thus more valid for an ever expanding Floridian population ? Will the Swiss come and buy what they are told to buy; what is safe, good , great, cheap, trendy, ethnographic, etc. ? Is there a (legacy) agenda for creators, dealers,critics and collectors- if so what will be the one -hundred year outcome? Is this the eighties again ?


ms quoted

June 26, 2006, 1:03 AM

Thank you Franklin for the Department of Skills. We have been enjoying the Fifa World Cup up here. Go Ghana Go!



June 26, 2006, 9:40 AM

OP, the Legal Art thing is aimed at Miami-area artists. It's a $3000 grant being given for the first time and meant to be awarded annually. Reportedly, there were over 70 applicants, who were narrowed down to 10 finalists by a trio of judges. A different set of judges (Triff, Richard Shack and Karen Rifas) then chose the winners from the finalists. The other finalists were Bhakti Baxter, Frances Trombly, Emily Martinez, Pepe Mar, Brandon Opalka, and Wendy Wischer.



June 26, 2006, 10:41 AM

Thanks Jack. This should elevate our art scene to new heights.


Marc Country

June 26, 2006, 12:13 PM

I understand he's been called Miami's Duchamp by Alfredo Triff...

Gosh, well that must make it easy... that way, you don't really have to think anything new about the work, it's all wrapped up, nice and tidy...

"Him? Oh, he's the new Douchamp!"
"Really? I can't wait for the new Fountain..."


I'll be out scouring the woods for the new Christo.

Wow, congratulations! Not only does Miami have a new Christo, Jack's scored an assistantship job with him, scouring the woods, getting them nice and clean, ready to be wrapped.

Actually, I was thinking, doesn't every city with an art community has a "new Douchamp", or rather, several "new Douchamps"?
Is there anything noteworthy at all in this... this has been the case for decades... if anything, I suppose Triff perhaps meant that Rodriguez is this year's (month's, week's?) new Douchamp (Miami).



June 26, 2006, 2:45 PM

Marc, you are actually close to being accurate with your misspelling. The original spelling was "douchechamp", tracing back to the court of Louis the XIIII, where Marcel's ancestor was appointed the First Master of the Royal Bidet. So you might say in fact, instread of by inference, that the idea of Fountain was in his...well, in his blood, if you will.


Marc Country

June 26, 2006, 3:40 PM

What misspelling?

Douchamp is the new Duchamp.



June 27, 2006, 2:55 AM

msquoted- Only a few hours to go-Go Ghana!



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