Category Archives: media

Community Supported Arts Harvest

This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach a business basics class for a group of artists participating in a new way to create and sell artwork, Community Supported Arts. Like its inspiration, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), CSArts is a way for producers to get paid in advance for their work, and…
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Book murder, ebook oversharing

Think of it as the book singularity. Casting off their physical shells, books are achieving a sort of immortality by becoming ebooks. Well, they're not necessarily freer or even longer lasting, I guess, but they sure are easier to move from place to place. Linda Grant writes at length in the Guardian and at even more length…
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Ebook cookbook fails fractions

I was reading an ebook on my phone (soon I'll give in and just say, "I was reading a book") and got to a part that included a recipe. I wasn't about the actually try to prepare it, not least because I was on the train at the time, so I wasn't too concerned when…
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Without bookshelves, how will we judge people?

Finger firmly fixed on the pulse of SciFi fandom, io9 asks, "Are bookshelves becoming obsolete?" Seems to me the question is more, "are paper books on their way out?" and I can dispense with that questions quickly with a simple, "yes." I am convinced that ebooks have won. There will always be holdouts and it…
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Two Rolled Steel Slabs, Two Ways

I saw a lot of art on a recent trip to New York, but I think the works that made the biggest impression on me (not literally, thank goodness) were four steel slabs by Richard Serra, two at MoMA made in 1974-75 and two at Gagosian from 2013. Inside Out (2013) at Gagosian At Gagosian's…
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Lies, damned lies, and investment indices

While researching a piece for the Currensee Blog about contemporary art as an alternative investment, I came upon an excellent piece on the Reuters blog from last year with the excellent title, Artnet’s silly indices. In this post, Felix Salmon opines that Artnet's desire to legitimize fine art as an investible asset class has gotten ahead…
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Remaking the world

Because I'm me, people send me stuff like this. Artist Wendy Gold uses "vintage globes" to make works she calls ImagineNations™. Apparently they're quite popular. She does a similar decoupage treatment on maps, too. I like her warning: All ImagineNations™ are handmade to order on vintage globes. Remember, they've all had prior lives, so expect to…
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Glitch will be the next Instagram

I'm calling the peak of the Instagram reto "film" filters thing.  Soon enough that visual language will be dead as cupcakes. Recently I poked fun at Apartment Therapy for calling bathroom home offices a trend, and they had three data points to support that claim. I've got exactly none, but I'm going for it anyway.…
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Three things you can count on in the South End

Great food, such as this plate of paper-thin finocchiona and chunks of pecorino tartufo with some pickled veggies at Cinquecento. Great art, such as Replicant Hybrid by Julia Csekö, on view at Laconia Gallery. Great public trasnit amenities, such as this self-serve heated bus stop shelter on the Silver line.  
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At Nave Gallery Annex, the door to summer is a jar

I am sitting in a room probably very different from the one you are in now. I am sitting on a metal glider swing in the front parlor of a Somerville home facing two intensely bright lamps and listening to recorded sounds of nature. It's artist Lyn Nofziger's installation, Home, at the Nave Gallery's new…
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Fair use of photos: a no-pin situation?

It's the eve of the Facebook IPO, a few weeks after the Instagram sale, and I'm still trying to figure out Pinterest.  Is it three syllables or two?  But seriously, what does a wildly-popular site built on appropriating other peoples' images mean for content creators? I don't often google myself but in the wake of the…
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