What can I, the individual artist, do to improve my discipline (and world, such as it is)? At Parabasis, Isaac Butler ardently argues that Personal Virtue (a concept usually discussed in reference to global warming) can and should apply to individual artists. Butler talks about theater artists, specifically, but I think his conclusions are universal to all disciplines: be a better artist and an engaged advocate.
At Extra Criticum, a blog of commentary on the performing arts by “those who do” (as they put it), Rolando Teco has some colorful feelings about “bottom-feeders” – groups that trick eager artists into dropping cash for supposed career advancements.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker writes about fears that the boom in art fairs could threaten the future of art galleries as we know them.
Writer, professor, and arts enthusiast Jill Dolan passionately implores that university programs stoke, rather than dissipate, the excitement of being a “theater geek.”
Keepers of Tradition (blog of the state folklorist Maggie Holtzberg), shares one man’s heartfelt devotion to the traditional art of letterpress printing. Don’t miss the terrific video clip by builder, designer, and all-around maker-of-things Chuck Kraemer.
Feel like selling some art but don’t feel like making any? You could just stick some price tags to some things.
Image: Cynthia Consentino, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH GUN (2005), earthenware clay, oils, wax, 37 in. x 15 1/2 in. x 22 in.