I had hoped to be back to a normal posting schedule this week, but problems with the connection to the internets seem to have doomed, or at least delayed, that. In the meantime:
- The New York Review of Books on Brice Marden.
- Via James Tata, audio geeks and music industry people complaining, yet again, that .mp3s sound terrible. My question: who cares? When has that ever mattered? Did people like these roll their eyes back in the day and bitch about how people listened to AM radios in their car? Probably. Didn't stop anyone, though--and smarter folks made sure their records sounded good coming over car radio speakers.
- Most of the poems I've read by Michael Fried are bad, and on a quick skim, this one doesn't seem to be one of the exceptions. Still, better to be a failed artist than not to have tried. Fried's also now sparing the reader some cringing moments by not writing so embarrassingly personal verse, and has learned that there are some virtues in direct language, even for poetry, so that's an improvement. But I'm still not going to believe it's good.
- James Panero on Symbolism and modern art. James has been writing a lot of stuff lately that I haven't had the time to read properly (internet problems again) or get my brain around, and this one is no exception. It doesn't help that Symbolism is one of those topics that, once one starts to pull the thread, it never seems to stop. Or to put it differently, it's such a broad and amorphous topic that it can seem to incorporate everything and nothing at the same time. Still, worth checking out.
- I was looking at the most recent issue of Art New England yesterday and discovered that it had an article on online art publications and blogs. The author had some well-deserved words of praise for Charles Giuliano and Big, Red & Shiny, among other sites, but was generally sceptical of the importance of anything sent through this series of tubes for art criticism and the art world as he knows it. Which is fine, I don't much care either way. And yet, you might ask, why no link? Well, the article isn't online. Evidently the good people at Art New England didn't think that a piece on the development of an online art press would be the sort of thing that people interested in reading about art online would be interested in. There may be a lesson there, somewhere.