Among the many, many online resources for finding information about contemporary art, a particularly robust site is the PBS series on contemporary art called Art: 21 – Art in the twenty-first century. Organized by theme, artist, or season, it is full of artist biographies, slideshows, interviews, and videos. I highly recommend checking it out for more information about contemporary art.
The philosophy of the series, according to the website is “… that contemporary American art is of real interest to a national audience. By making contemporary art more accessible, the series affords viewers and students the opportunity to discover their own innate abilities to understand contemporary art and to explore possibilities for creative thinking and self-expression.”
The complete list of artists can be found here – but be assured it is broad and includes photographers, sculptors, painters, dancers, performance artists, and filmmakers; just a few my favorites: Richard Serra, Robert Adams, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson, and Mark Bradford.
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 30, 2009
Culture TV – an online blend of video art, gallery info, and art news
Not Still Art focusses on abstract motion imaging
VAD – Video At Database not to be confused with the VDB – Video Data Bank in Chicago
Video History Project – documenting video art and community tv
Perpetual Art Machine – the “Video Art Portal”
The Video Art Gallery in London specializes in “…moving image art from emerging Artists…”
Video Art, the book by MIchael Rush, he is also associated with Rush Interactive on Art on Air
Post Video Art – this used to be a robust resource but unfortunately is looking pretty defunct nowadays – anyone have any info?
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 27, 2009
In March of 2009 vacant stores in downtown Berkeley, CA started showcasing art in order to make empty shops more attractive and allow artists to use available space. The Berkeley Office of Economic Development and the Downtown Berkeley Association were involved in the initiative.
Here is an informative article (including a slideshow) from the Daily Californian.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Art in Storefronts project received a big kick-off in October and appears to be going strong. In contrast to Berkeley, the storefronts in downtown San Francisco integrate the entire site as part of the artwork. Chloe Veltman writing in The New York Times shares her thoughts here including an interesting take on the relationship between art and commerce.
Artists in the U.K. also used vacancies to display their work earlier this year – click here for the article.
All of this points to the important role of art in helping cities survive economic downturns but also begs the question; why do we have to wait for a recession to see so much art?
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 20, 2009
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 18, 2009
As a former Detroit-er, (2000-2003) it is nice to see the rich art scene there getting some coverage. For me, there has always been a sense of apprehension mixed equal parts with hopefulness in the public art in Detroit.
The Heidelberg Project, a long-term work by Detroit artist Tyree Guyton is well worth seeing in person if you are ever out that way. On second thought it is, in my opinion, well worth making the trip for!
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Artists across the Detroit area are using the city’s blight as their canvas, transforming abandoned homes into high-concept projects to draw attention to the homelessness, poverty and urban decay plaguing Detroit. They hope the ongoing experiment will shed some creatively inspired light on what Detroit was, is and could be again.”
To read the full article and to see some images, click here.
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 15, 2009
this is a really innovative way to find out what’s going on in the art world: ARTCARDS.CC
“…comprehensiveness, accuracy, and transparency…” all sound like great qualities in an art listing service to me!
there are listings for: New York, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. with more to come I hope.
totally unrelated, but still interesting…
did you know that “Beauty is an aesthetic phenomenon” ?
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 14, 2009
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 13, 2009
There is a small show in the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA that is worth seeing especially if you have never seen Sebastiao Salgado prints larger than book form.
The gorgeous image of a whale’s tail streaming with water is part of his newest project called “Genesis“, a title that refers to his documenting all types of environments, flora, and fauna. The show also includes a (very) brief survey of his work in South America and Africa. The portraits are masterful and engaging though they tend a bit too far toward the romantic at times. While much has been written about Salgado and I myself have some mixed feelings about his work, seeing the work larger than I ever have before is helping me understand better the real power of his images.
The prints at this exhibit are all black and white digital prints and, while they may come close, I doubt they are as luscious as silver gelatin prints. I will check back in after I see his darkroom prints.
The Brower Center itself is interesting and worth looking into. It is one more quiet but important resource in Berkeley. Funny how I keep finding those…
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 7, 2009
Click here for a wonderful audio (and text) excerpt from a speech given by President John F. Kennedy in honor of the poet Robert Frost and recognizing the importance of the arts to our country. I wonder what he would think today…
“…art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 6, 2009
Click here for a great interactive map of New York’s gallery scene!
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 5, 2009
I am very much looking forward to the re-opening of the Oakland Museum of California. According to their website, that will be in May of next year. Having relocated from the east coast I am eager to learn more about its ‘California’ collection which, according to this article, will allow me to chart my own immigration story to this great state.
I am also excited to see what they have to offer in the way of contemporary art.Their collection includes a Dorothea Lange archive and bay area figurative paintings.
I agree 100% with the senior museum curator, Rene de Guzman, that even in these tough economic times, the east bay art scene will continue to grow.
Posted by pivotartgallery on December 5, 2009