My 5 Art-related Resolutions for 2012

by Howard Hurst on December 30, 2011

Well, it’s nearly the new year, not that it counts for all that much. I’ve never been one for resolutions or re-caps. Unfortunately, in the spirit of the approaching the 2012 Mayan apocalypse I figure this next year probably warrants a bit of self reflection. Barring an actual fire and brimstone end to humanity, it seems to me that some actual goals for next year might help alleviate some of the zombie like openings we have all endured at one time or another.

Looking back on this and other years my biggest objection is perhaps how much I have taken for granted. With that in mind here are five hopeful resolutions for this author. Please feel free to post your own below.

#1 Dialogue

As happy as I am to have discovered a number of great blogs this year it seems to me, that like many others I read and surf and blog but there is little casual back and forth. Who seriously debates art at the bar anymore? What about correspondence? Calling all art pen pals, let’s nerd out. Come on guys, at least a bit of hatemail. In all seriousness I think we need more groups like Art Table, I’d love to see more writers, artists and enthusiasts mixing it up. No gossip or commercial shop talk please.

#2 Prints

Lots of art is expensive, and I think that sucks. Don’t get me wrong I want everyone to make a living, I’d simply love to focus this year on artists and mediums that are relevant to us post grads that can’t afford anything more expensive than a Tecate beer. Just because we are poor isn’t to say we can’t have art. What with all the fuss about eating locally, why not buy affordable art in your own community. Here’s to buying art from your friends, from open studios and from the locals.

#3 Printed Word

Look, the internet is cool, without it I doubt anyone would really read anything I ever had to say. Perhaps it’s the overcast weather, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic for the real world. Maybe that’s a bit overly dramatic but seriously, this year I think it’s time to make sure I actually get a subscription/print copy of all those fantastic publications out there (cabinet I’m looking at you). Also, whatever happened to self-publishing … the punks are still doing it.

#4 Art Fairs

More artist run/independent programming please, The Armory is boring. Also, it’s a bit hard to get pumped up for the following year knowing Frieze is coming to town (don’t get me wrong I like the magazine, and I get that most galleries do a majority of their business here but as critics/artists/non-commercial types, do we really need another sterile art fair? I would love to see more attention paid to grassroots alternatives to the major fairs. Feel free to start a list of related projects in the comments.

#5 Museum Time

How often do we pass up visiting the permanent collection at the Met, or the design wing at MoMA, I seriously do believe it’s good to re-visit old friends. Also, Artist Space, Art in General and Abrons Arts Center have been seriously neglected by this guy. I know it’s difficult but I for one hope to not take these wonderful resources for granted (starting … now).

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  • michelle wilson

    I’m a printmaker, bookmaker, and letter-writer who is willing to be a West Coast pen pal. Please feel free to contact me at michelle (at) michellewilsonprojects (dot) com.

  • Thanks for this post. I like your dialogue resolution. I’ve been thinking about that lately–how I’d like to start commenting on people’s blogs more and continue to start conversations about what people are doing in the art world. I think it’s important to read what people have to say, and then to let them know someone is listening. 
    A few art related goals of my own: do something that scares me or makes me feel uncomfortable–like building something 3-d or learning how to sew, work on time management and being less distracted, collaborate more with other artists, photograph and document my work more frequently, and read art blogs/websites daily and comment on them to start interesting dialogues. Thanks again.

  • Sara Clugage

    We at Cabinet are waiting for your call.

    –Sara Clugage, Editorial Assistant at Cabinet

  • Jimelle Salyers

    Thanks for the Art Table tip, I’m going to check it out. As for inexpensive art, try -anything on the site for $20.

  • Would like to get a brain dump of your art blogs list.

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