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Post #1315 • March 23, 2009, 1:53 PM

And we're back.

After downloading over 1300 posts and looking over a generous sample of them, I realize why I didn't attempt a code overhaul sooner. Artblog.net is really quite a mess on the inside. I've come up with a rather nifty solution, but it will take some doing to implement. Just to signal the change in the air, I've changed the theme, which is based on my favorite emacs settings at the moment, cornflower blue on black.

I want to thank everyone who contacted me to voice their various concerns about the blog and my existential state. I have the direction I was seeking last week and the answers I was looking for. Rather than spell them out all at once, though, I'm going to live my way into them, as Rilke put it. But to answer some worries that have come up: Artblog.net is going to continue to offer the heterogenous content it always has - criticism, general essays, new work coming out of the studio, the usual. Comments will reopen, although I'm going to begin moderating them, for reasons I'll get into when they go back online. (Right now I'm keeping them turned off to ease the site's transition to a new code base and a new server.)

Tomorrow I'm seeing the Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Gentlemen of Suzhou shows at the MFA. On Thursday I'm attending the press preview for the Gustave Caillebotte exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. New York is a target-rich environment right now: Thornton Willis, Leon Kossoff, late Bonnard, Jack Bush on Paper, curated by Karen Wilkin, at the Studio School. Reports are on their way. I hope as always to justify your readership.

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