Post #825 • July 7, 2006, 9:47 AM • 184 Comments
Studiosavant kicks off its training wheels and installs on its own domain. Good work, my redoubtable Canadian sculptor friends. Blogspot addresses are for n00bz.
The eminently fair-minded Terry Teachout, himself a biographer of Balanchine, Mencken, and Louis Armstrong, reviews Art Czar: The Rise and Fall of Clement Greenberg by Alice Goldfarb Marquis. I don't know why people don't care to observe that if the man were such an ogre as is reputed, his numerous friends would not have stood by him so devotedly. I'm hearing mixed reviews of the Marquis book, although no one has said that it's worse than the Rubenfeld biography, which qualified people generally agree is a hatchet job. By the way, Teachout is a huge Fairfield Porter fan. So am I, but to assert that "Porter was himself a critic, and as fine a one as Greenberg" - come on now. (AJ)
"A Washington, D.C., exhibit and a new book focus on the truly early work of artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Winslow Homer: They look at the drawings and paintings these artists created when they were children." (Digg)
"It was painting, incidentally, that cured me of copying the wrong things. Halfway through grad school I decided I wanted to try being a painter, and the art world was so manifestly corrupt that it snapped the leash of credulity. These people made philosophy professors seem as scrupulous as mathematicians. It was so clearly a choice of doing good work xor being an insider that I was forced to see the distinction." Paul Graham, author of Hackers & Painters. Graham has also written about taste. (Reddit)
"hi my name is sam, i draw pictures, from your titles. send me a title, or any thing else you want to talk to me about to..." Sam Brown at Exploding Dog.
Chang W. Lee photographs Tai Ji Teahouse in Hangzhou.