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Post #1110 • January 11, 2008, 9:57 AM • 11 Comments

Congratulations to our friend Ryan McCourt on his grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Michael Beruit on fonts. (Kottke)

What about this is "diverse"?

Superelectronic. (Waxy) Also via Waxy, Adam Greenfield is publishing his own book and the usual houses can go walk off a pier. Welcome to the future.

Verlyn Klinkenborg on Philippe de Montebello.

Sharpie music video.

Newly freed from behind the NYT paywall: Viven Raynor on Walter Darby Bannard, 1981.

Department of Skills: Monk.

Next week: we get back into it.




January 11, 2008, 12:56 PM

Franklin, it was fun meeting you and Dawn at the bloggers' cabal in the east village. (I will now think of that occasion as the Night of Two Dawns.) I am enjoying your blog and look forward to future posts.



January 11, 2008, 3:08 PM

There is nothing diverse about the Hugo Boss finalists. They reflect the current state of the art world, at least the aspect of it that the curators applaud and provide considerable aid to. For those of us who are not part of that sector of the business, we perceive it as political correctness, assuagement of liberal guilt, nepotism, impotent intellectualism and conceptualism, art based on the wrong core values.

I do wish them the best of luck. It took them either a lot of sucky sucky or considerable chunks of their family fortune to get where they are. Oh yeah the art. Installation and performance rule the day. This has been the case for several years now. Sculptors and painters still receive celebrity status and the attention of private and public institutions and and te media, but clearly those painters and sculptors who do not, are not happy about the mixed media folk stealing display space and money from them. Kids these days!



January 11, 2008, 5:09 PM

Hey, Eric. They're diverse. All their names start with different letters.


Marc Country

January 11, 2008, 6:29 PM

Thanks Franklin. I had to stoop to using words like "transformative" and "hybridized", but it was worth it...

While we've got the piano out, we should tip our hats to the late, great Oscar Peterson, too...



January 11, 2008, 7:00 PM

Thank you for the link to the awesome Oscar Peterson clip.



January 11, 2008, 8:09 PM

You got "diverse" in there too, Marc, even though you failed to lend it the maximum PC emphasis, which would have referred to contemporary culture rather than ancient culture.

If I had been on the panel I would have given you a demerit for that slip, but congratulations anyway.


Marc Country

January 11, 2008, 8:44 PM

Well, I figured the words "cultural diversity" were probably featured in bold type on the jury instructions... I hoped nobody would notice I was talking about the old kind...



January 12, 2008, 6:10 AM

Late roundup addition: Die, just die.



January 13, 2008, 6:38 PM

re: "cultural diversity"

Klinkenborg: "It is really a historic uneasiness for Americans — we see ourselves as a new departure rather than as part of the diverse and ancient continuum that Mr. de Montebello so elegantly championed."

You can count yourself with the likes of de Montebello, MC.



January 14, 2008, 5:27 AM

to the point:
they are trying annihilate all art.
they know art is a way of life that does not
suite their dark agendas. art does not promote
profit or capitalism. art promotes freedom,
expression. these are the things your
enemies wish to deny you, the artist.
who are our enemies?
they are the public. the government.
they can be your mothers and your fathers. your friends
and your teachers. anyone who will teach you
to fight yourself, who will discount your art.
it was a miscalculation on the part of the fascist
leaders who now make up the majority of our
world government.

art has always been a form of rebellion.

it does not need a rebirth, but we must continue to pass the
torch. it can however be made new through us. it is our guide, and our path, and we are its children. art will show us our true meaning - our destiny. it is a tool of self-discovery. we must rise and reclaim our place on this earth. this will require bravery, to take a step forward. to try. to paint when we don't feel like it, to write when the words aren't coming, to carve when our hands are idle, to press those keys and produce sound when things are silent. if you have a passion for art, no matter what branch, strive in it. we've had great mentor's to show us such things. John Lennon, regardless of if you like his music or not, saw that we as artist are leaders in self-discovery and the evolution of the human mind and that we must be examples on a daily basis to help all our brothers and sisters along this journey called life.
with respect and honesty, no matter how good you are, try.

the outcome will be beneficial in ways no one can conceive.

-Adam Gauthier



January 14, 2008, 10:11 AM

I met de Montebello when he was at Houston. A very cool guy who knew how to do things right.



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