Artist William Powhida has devised a power grid, a la New York Magazine, called, “If These Walls Could Talk – A Conversation” (2011) that will soon be going on display at the Charlie James Gallery in LA (February – April, 2011). It will also be part of the Marine “art salon” in Santa Monica, whatever that means. See the whole image much larger so you can read the text on his blog.
“Good Future, Bad Future: on the Unauthenticated Avant-Garde” over at Idiom is a good read and it tackles the fascinating question, “Can an art experience be authentic even if the status of the work of art remains questionable?” I will say that I do cringe at some of the language, like “advanced capitalism” or “bourgeois,” both of which sound like something more related to the 19th or 20th Centuries rather than today.
Over at the Brooklyn Rail, publisher Phong Bui interviews the ubiquitous Joe Bradley. The interview goes beyond a typical Rail interview in that is probes more personal aspects of Bradley’s life, but does it enlighten his work? You be the judge.
And over at Art:21, there are some meditations on Black History, including discussions of the work of Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Fred Wilson, and Kerry James Marshall.
Finally, as a curious aside, which really isn’t about art but is worth a look nonetheless, is this post about efforts to digitize all of Icelandic literature. The surprising thing is that the post mentions that the total literature of Iceland is under 50,000 books. Who knew. hat tip Joanne McNeil