Post #1013 • June 1, 2007, 9:59 AM • 58 Comments
I should start paying attention: arts sections at LA Times, OC Register, San Diego Union-Trib (excuse me, is this not the main paper in SD, or does this just completely suck?), OC Weekly (Cheesecake! My favorite! Or maybe it's just coincidental that Burlesque of Bond is on stage so close to the Erotica LA convention next month. Or maybe this kind of thing goes on all the time. Yay!), LA Weekly. More suggestions welcome.
On a related note, Artblog.net gets a warm welcome from the OC Art Blog.
PhotoSynth at TED. The implications for future art history lectures are profound. Featured on a roundup before; I'm just not over the coolness. (Catharin)
Drawn! links to drawing tutorials by Matthew Archambault, an instructor at SVA.
Brett Sokol profiles Dennis Scholl. John Sanchez, Dorsch Gallery worthy, gets a nod.
The frescoes of China's Dunhuang caves on the ancient Silk Road have survived 1,600 years of sandstorms, wars and Mao Zedong's red guards. Now, caretakers are turning to computers to save them from half a million tourists a year. (AJ)
From a note to Maud Newton congratulating her on her NPR appearance:
I was feeling a little envious of the literary world the other day. I think society is moving towards forms of culture that can be shared - books, movies, and music - and that visual art's slice of the pie is going to shrink simply because it requires old-fashioned physical proximity. The whole focus on acquisition is pumping insane sums of cash into scene, and the effect is analogous to the effect of vast wealth on religion - charlatanism, gaudiness, and living the unexamined life. Sigh. I realize that the literary world has its own scandals and frivolities. I just wish we could arrange a six-month exchange program for them. We'll trade you the conspicuous consumption for the pedantic backbiting.
I learned to write using Elite 12-pitch typewriter type - on Olivetti manuals, IBM twirly-ball Selectrics, and Juki daisywheels. Now I mostly use Courier New, and my writing's gone all to hell. I miss the naked polliwog of the Elite g. The main thing, though, is to use some nonproportional typewriter-style font - you need the sentences to look their worst until the dress rehearsal of the galleys, when all the serifs come out dancing. Writers pick their favorite fonts. (AJ)
Iran protests the screening of the film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis at Cannes. David Thompson has a clip, and a link to Satrapi's MySpace page. (Every MySpace page I've ever seen has made me want to hurl. That Satrapi's is no exception says something damning about the format.)
Department of Skills: Eric Dolphy.