Sunday, April 19, 2009

Art links for Sunday

How to start your Sunday - forget the paper, get the coffee and surf the web. Who cares about dusting when there are interesting articles to read?

New museum of African-American Arts
The NY Times has put up a web page for artists to write their stories about how they are coping with the economic down turn. It's worth reading:
What effect is the economy having on your life and work as an artist, writer, actor, or musician? Tell us your story by commenting below or by e-mailing us at

Another piece worth reading is Liz Hager's piece on Rajani Shettar at Venetian Red

John Haber is writing about Richard Tuttle and abstraction

Sharon Butler writes about the current Squeak Carnwaith show at the Oakland Museum

and Tyler Green has a whole series of links to posts about "Favorite Small Paintings."

Interesting interview by Marissa Nakasome with local artist Megan Diddie

Last - but never least - is a post by the always entertaining and insightful SF Mike of Civic Center about an art show in Palm Springs. Thiebauld gets a ten (go see the show at the reopened Thiebauld Gallery on Chestnut Street for more of his art), Mapplethorpe a four (maybe) and the teenage artists get a home run.


sfmike said...

Mapplethorpe I'd give a one. I'd never seen fancy prints of his in a museum before in person, and they were really boring and bad. He does better in reproduction, actually. Just as physical art works, they were suprisingly banal even though famous people were pictured in all of them. The student artists really were the bomb.

And does the Thiebauld gallery have any of his recent "beach" paintings? If I ever had money for an expensive painting, that's what I'd buy.

namastenancy said...

I can't remember what the Thiebauld show has; there is a lot of wonderful work up so it's worth the trip to North Beach. Unfortunately this heat plus school assignments have fried my brain but I think there's a lot of info on the website. I do like some of Maplethorpe's flowers and some of his less provocative work but the glossy finish is nothing new in the world of photography. If you think about it, he gathered himself a lot of publicity by his provocative works and probably raised the price per print substantially - certainly beyond what they would normally have been. Who said that there is no such thing as bad publicity?

sfmike said...

Dear Nancy:

Just to clarify. I LIKE glossy finishes in publicly exhibited photos, so I was really surprised they were so un-glossy and unattractive. The work struck me as nothing but publicity driven. I feel that way about most of Warhol too.

namastenancy said...

That's interesting - all of the work of his that I've seen has been high gloss but then, I haven't seen an extensive amount. It certainly could have been publicity driven. I never had much respect for certain aspects of his artistic career or Warhol either.