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Tops of 2010: A Different Kind of Year in Review

Merry Christmakkah! Happy new year! I skipped a year, so it’s been 2 since I posted my surprisingly popular Tops of 2008: A Different Kind of Year in Review. Here, I go with four different Top 5 lists: The Top 5 people I newly met in 2010, The Top 5 people I’d like to meet [...]

Help AFC / Paddy Johnson Raise $10,000 To Produce The Sound of Art

Looks like a fantastic project by one of NYC’s most prominent voices of arts criticism: Paddy Johnson. In the words of Lauren Cornell from (paraphrasing here): Paddy Johnson and AFC keep us on our toes. From her blog: I’m running a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the production of an LP full [...]

Screening Screens

I penned a book review for, and another is coming soon. Teaser: Cover of Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art by Kate Mondloch Kate Mondloch’s first book, Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art, is a welcome study of the cathode ray tubes, liquid crystal and plasma displays, and film, video and data projections that “pervade contemporary [...]

Nathaniel Stern Bad At Sports interview now live

Bad at Sports Episode 244: Nathaniel Stern by Duncan MacKenzie “Bad at Sports is a weekly podcast produced in Chicago that features artists talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and critiques it. Shows are usually posted each weekend and can be listened to on any computer with an internet connection and speakers [...]

Nathaniel Stern, PhD

Had my VIVA yesterday, for my dissertation. It was awesome – amazing feedback, a great discussion, some provocative comments. My examiners really engaged with the text in ways that any doctoral student would be thrilled by. I’ll write about it some time, but am too busy celebrating right now. Anyhow, no revisions: I’m a doctor. [...]

American Furniture/Googled

I’ve penned a review for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Furniture/Googled exhibition, and it’s up on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Mary-Louise Schumacher’s “Art City” site. Teaser: The “American Furniture/Googled” exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum through Sunday is a surprisingly interesting show, even if only in its promise. Little did I expect, when going [...]

July 12 at MOCT: Upgrade! Milwaukee presents Nadav Assor (Israel) and Maria Bolivar (Venezuela)

More information: Upgrade! Milwaukee presents Nadav Assor and Maria Bolivar! Sunday July 12, 7 – 9 PM MOCT, 240 E Pittsburgh Ave Milwaukee, WI 53204 Please come to the second Upgrade! Milwaukee, featuring Nadav Assor (Israel) and Maria Bolivar (Venezuela)! On Nadav Assor (who was the founder of Upgrade! Tel Aviv): “I am greatly [...]

how to write an artist statement

I’ve been thinking about posting this for a while – it’s an experiment. Please comment if you have anything to add, you disagree with, or if you like or dislike the post. There may or may not be more like it in the future, depending on the response (or lack thereof). Like making art, there [...]

exhibition and lectures at Elaine Erickson Gallery

PRINTS: Collecting to Creating 1850′s – 2009 Elaine Erickson Gallery 207 East Buffalo Street Milwaukee, WI  53202 414-221-0613 Selected works from the Kevin Milaeger collection, works from the Sherkow collection, gallery and guest artists. Exhibition: June 6 – July 14 2009 Lecture: June 10, 6:30 pm, Kevin Milaeger, “A Passion for Collecting” Lecture: June 24, [...]

Jimmy Wales talks Art and Wikipedia

Nice to see Jimbo talk about Art and Wikipedia. It’s worth a read if only to hear how carefully Wikipedia’s figure-head thinks and speaks in relation to notability and possibilities with arts coverage on Wikipedia. I agree with all of what he says (although it’s admittedly very noncommittal – so hard to disagree with), and [...]

Deconstructing Wikipedia

Mary Louise Schumacher pens a great piece on Wikipedia Art in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, entitled Deconstructing Wikipedia. Snippet: Two artists staged an art intervention within Wikipedia, turning the “free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit” into an art medium. By making a sort of readymade art object from a Wikipedia page, Nathaniel Stern, of [...]

Wikipedia Art madness

You probably heard about the threat of a lawsuit from Wikimedia on Wikipedia Art by now, but just in case: Here’s how we went public, on EFF: Wikipedia Threatens Artists for Fair Use Here’s the legal history on our site. And it exploded, of course, when it got slashdotted. I urge readers to make their [...]

Milwaukee first Upgrade! Sunday APril 19th

Upgrade! Milwaukee presents Patrick Lichty and Christopher Burns! Sunday April 19, 7 – 9 PM MOCT, 240 E Pittsburgh Ave Milwaukee, WI 53204 Please come to our first-ever Upgrade! Milwaukee, featuring Chicago-based Patrick Lichty and Milwaukee’s own Christopher Burns! patrick lichty Patrick Lichty (b.1962)  is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the [...]

Public Lectures and Exhibitions in Milwaukee and Johannesburg

Last night saw the opening of Night Work at The Armoury Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some great responses, surprise guests, new show offers, decent sales – a really great Milwaukee debut for both me and Jessica (my collaborator). Thanks to everyone who helped, came out, etc. For those who didn’t make it, the show was [...]

UW-Milwaukee Grad Student feature: Mairin Hartt

This is the second in a series of MFA student features from the graduate program I work in at Peck School of the Arts,  the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. These will be cross-posted on the blog. UW-Milwaukee Grad Student features are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License After graduating with [...]

MA/MFA Thesis Exhibition

Some of my fantastic grad students have a show opening this afternoon / evening – and it’s going to be awesome. The show includes performance, installation, video, painting, sculpture, and more, across a broad range of political, social, theoretical and material concepts. If in the Milwaukee area, please come! Maria Bolivar, InterMedia Kristin Haas, Painting [...]

Dennis Balk: Early work 1890-2090

February 6-March 13, 2009 Inova/Kenilworth (Milwaukee) 2155 North Prospect Avenue Artist reception: February 6, 6-9 pm Really fascinating show – his first retrospective – at the INOVA gallery in Milwaukee. Very theatrical, lovely installations, precursors to relational art, some funny prints and drawings and time lines and maps. Definitely worth a visit. From the INOVA [...]

What is important

Although I’ve been keeping a low profile in the public debates about Wikipedia Art, I have had a few ongoing and private discussions with its critics and supporters. With his OK, the below is an excerpt from an email I wrote to Tom Moody yesterday. —– The main issue for me is not whether I [...]

Wikipedia Art: so irrelevant we can’t stop talking about it (updated)

More 50-50, keep / delete discussions around Wikipedia Art, but now the debate is on Rhizome, and by the gatekeepers of, and participants in, the art blogosphere. I particularly love Curt Cloninger’s response to Tom Moody on Rhizome. Moody is a kind of anti-Lichty, being just as voiciferous in his dislike of the project, as [...]

Wikipedia Art is dead. Long live Wikipedia Art

The art work / page has been deleted from Wikipedia, approximately 12 hours after its birth. But it is not dead, merely transformed – performatively un-uttered and soon to be resurrected in an/other form. Watch this space for upcoming/ongoing press and archives and interventions that are all part of Wikipedia Art as a work. In [...]