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Inaugural Photoville Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park June 22–July 1

This summer United Photo Industries is taking the next step in helping to create an extraordinary global community of artists.

Working in partnership with local galleries, national institutions and an international network of curatorial partners, United Photo industries is building Photoville — a unique, large-scale, photographic village built from more than 40 freight containers in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the Pier 3 Uplands. For a taste of what’s to come, join us at photovillenyc.org.

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Thank You to Our April Sponsors

We would like to take a brief moment to thank this month’s sponsors. These are the organizations and companies that keep us publishing, so be sure to check them out!

  • ArtPrize — Part art competition, part social experiment that awards $560,000 total in prizes; registration through May 24
  • Pulse Art Fair — Pulse New York runs May 3–6, 2012, at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York
  • BAMart Silent Auction — Auction featuring over 100 artworks, with proceeds to benefit the Brooklyn Academy of Music and its programs
  • Saatchi Online — Online gallery that connects artists and art lovers directly: discover art, get discovered
  • Dumbo Arts Festival — Brooklyn’s biggest arts event takes over Brooklyn’s waterfront with visual arts, music, and literature on September 28–30
  • Norte Maar — Community-building nonprofit organization with an emphasis on collaborative projects
  • UncommonGoods — Cool and unusual gifts for any occasion
  • Adam Lindemann — Follow what the New York Observer columnist is seeing and reading at his site
  • Storefront Bushwick — Bushwick gallery currently featuring artists Carol Salmanson and Stephen Traux
  • Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical! — An experimental, legally questionable restaging of an orphan-themed Broadway musical, at EFA Project Space
  • Pernod Art & Absinthe Guide — A handy mobile app that lists galleries, events and bars serving Pernod in Brooklyn
  • Artspan — Contemporary art destination and service providing totally customizable artist websites
  • FIT Art Market MA Program — The group exhibition “No Other Medicine” is now on view at NY Studio Gallery through May 19
  • “Oh hey. What’s going on?” — a project by artist Jesus Benavente
  • Art Systems — Professional art gallery, antiques and collections management software
  • Tyler Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensives — 7-week immersion program for artists interested in developing their work in a challenging and supportive environment
  • 950 Hart Gallery — The Lowbrow Society Smut! Show, a public celebration of private affairs, May 4–5
  • Claremont Graduate University MFA — A highly focused graduate-only studio-art program
  • The Avant/Garde Diaries — A digital interview magazine that documents personal views on the avant-garde
  • Artists Wanted — Connecting creative talent with an international audience of collectors and art enthusiasts

If you are interested in advertising on Hyperallergic, please get in touch with Nectar Ads, the Art Ad Network.

Posted inOpinion

The Problem with Big Art

Ossian Ward has a feature in Art in America this month about the dismaying trend of bigness in the contemporary art world. The piece is an exploration of a problem that’s only been growing (no pun intended): art as a series of bigger and better spectacles, upstaged only by the vast and cavernous spaces in which it’s shown. Though the article is quite smart and thorough, it left me a little unsatisfied: I think Ward stops short of really digging into what’s at stake here. What exactly is the problem with art as entertainment, anyway? It may seem like an obvious question, but given its centrality to this discussion, it’s one worth asking.

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Screens, Networks and Our Imagination

When I visited JODI’s current exhibition, Street Digital, at the Museum of the Moving Image, I wondered how the notorious duo would take their earlier net art practices into the “street” (or gallery). Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans of JODI became well-known in the 1990s for upending traditional internet experiences with their online artworks. From wwwwwwwww.jodi.org to http://404.jodi.org/, they presented abstract code and programming glitches as art, bringing the background source of digital works into the foreground. Their work looked more like a crash of your web-browsing program rather than a coherent, readable text.

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Can We Still Learn To Speak Martian?

Let us start with two addresses just a few blocks from each other in San Francisco, and what was happening there in the early and mid-1950s. On Halloween, 1954, the Six Gallery opened at 3119 Fillmore Street in San Francisco. The six founders were Wally Hedrick, Deborah Remington, Hayward King, David Simpson, John Ryan and Jack Spicer. Their shared interest was to have a place to exhibit art and host literary events, to put art and poetry on the walls, side by side. At the debut exhibition, Spicer’s poems were in fact on the wall, just like the paintings and drawings of the other co-founders.