I've been collecting some articles on the state of the art world and I thought I'd post the ones I've gone back to recently. The writing has all been done within the past few years, and much of what has been written about is still in flux. Lately, I've found myself interested in how the artist's career narrative is shifting, as well as how art is being accepted in the age of instant image dissemination, so most of these pieces cover this terrain.
Grab your reading specs and a bourbon:
"2011 - On Art and Transmission" by Michael Sanchez.
A great piece on the rise of the digital viewing experience in art and it's affect on art making. From the summer 2013 issue of Artforum. I've posted a pdf of it here for educational purposes only - DOWNLOAD.
"Art Sugar Net Magic" - Keith Varardi
Another interesting piece on current trends and opinions on the affect of the net and corporate brands on emerging contemporary art practice. Varardi begins the piece by addressing issues raised in Sanchez's essay 2011 (above). He goes on further to point out the difficulties in adapting to the approaches to making, showing, and discovering new work.
"A Conversation with William Powhida on the Contemporary Artist's Narrative" - an interview with Edward Winkleman
Here Winkleman and Powhida discuss the "three basic artist's career narratives". and briefly touch on a fourth narrative, but don't delve into it much. Even though this was only from 2013, this fourth narrative has seems to be defining itself in a year later. More on this in a future blog post.
Painting is dead for the billionth time, but here it is again
If you are a painter who works with abstraction like I do, you may find these interesting if you've not come across the terms "provisional painting" or "new casualists". This is a thread of three articles, going back to 2009. I believe the issues raised in these are still being discussed :
Provisional Painting by Raphael Rubinstein - 2009
A new approach to abstract painting is appearing, one that appears "casual, dashed-off, tentative, unfinished or self-cancelling. In different ways, they all deliberately turn away from “strong” painting for something that seems to constantly risk inconsequence or collapse."
Abstract Painting: The New Casualists by Sharon L. Butler - 2011
"There is a studied, passive-aggressive incompleteness to much of the most interesting abstract work that painters are making today."
...and in response to the above articles:
Provisional Painting, Three Hypotheses by Alan Pocaro - 2014
"these paintings share few formal or technical traits and are bound together mainly by their inexplicable appeal to artists and writers alike. However, if you find the hype disproportionate to the reality of this revival of abstraction, you’re not alone."
and finally, if you didn't scour footnotes, that last link turned up one more gem. If you skip everything else, and are an artist or creative maker of some kind, spend some time clicking through this one:
Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard - 2011