I get sent a surprising number of press releases--surprising because, who are we kidding? No one reads this site. Many, perhaps most, of them I don't bother to even open. Some I do and immediate regret it. Others I hold onto, thinking I maybe should post about their content, and then fail to do so, sometimes inspiring guilty feelings. A new release that recently came through has done the remarkable thing of both making me want to post about it and absolve me of any guilt if I should fail to do so. It was for NewArtTV, which I think is fairly, um, new; I don't recall having seen or read about it before. It is pretty much what you'd guess: videos of interviews, performances, studio visits, etc., all revolving around contemporary art. And so far as I've looked, it's pretty good. Here's Alex Katz, for instance, talking about his influences, technique, and early career, among other things; Wolf Kahn talks about his friendships and early struggles; Dana Schutz answers questions about, well, I don't know what, because I haven't watched it yet, but you get the idea. Looks like a lot of good stuff. As far as I can tell, they don't enable video embedding a la YouTube, but I suppose it's too much of a niche product for them to go all viral like that--they need the clickthroughs. So: why not click-click? Oh, and why would I not feel guilty if I didn't post about it? They sent me the same release three times, at two email addresses (and it's a bit of a mystery how they got the second one of those.) Really, folks, you had me the first time.
UPDATE: Since this post is getting some attention after being picked up by the C-Monster (good enough for me), I should note that the folks at NewArtTV were so kind as to contact me and offer to remove my duplicate email address from their database. Unnecessary, as they already had an opt-out for further messages, but very thoughtful of them, and I wanted to let it be known. I hadn't really been bothered by the duplicates, just having a little fun, after all, and they responded with consideration; another reason to think well of them and take a look at their efforts.