Saturday, April 09, 2011
Showdown in the Sunshine State, by Megan McCardle, from this month's Atlantic

A well-written account of how two different investors can reach vastly different estimates of intrinsic value.  I don't agree with McCardle's conclusion -- "Markets have become more efficient; the inefficiencies that the value discipline thrives on are being squeezed out of the system" -- but her article is a good window into the kinds of business problems that occupy me more or less daily.
Friday, April 08, 2011

Purity, 2011
Rackstraw Downes interviewed by Philip Lopate

"I remember Katz looking at a geometrical painting I had on my easel. He said, Oh, that’s very interesting, it looks like an early Winslow Homer!

There was no barrier there between figurative and abstraction at all! He meant that it had a sweet feeling to it. Like Sir Homer would crack the whip and took all those little boys in the field, you know? It had a sweet feeling. It was grey and yellow and white, and it was a sweet abstract painting. There was no division at all there. Fairfield’s house was full of beautiful de Koonings actually."
Thursday, April 07, 2011

NYC Soundboard

Live versions of some of my favorite songs not originally recorded c. 1972-82, including a beautiful extended Arc-style intro to Suicide Demo For Kara Walker.

(Thx Tower of Sleep)
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
& just for the record, a theoretical/conceptual/contextual shortlist:

Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory
Gilles Deleuze, Difference & Repetition
Thierry de Duve, Kant After Duchamp
Marcel Henaff, The Price of Truth: Gift, Money, and Philosophy
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Jack Spicer, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer

Once again: fun at parties, all appearances to the contrary.

[Re-edited to add Adorno, embarrassing but true. The only guy reading Teddy on the Westjet flight to LA]

Marcel Henaff, The Price of Truth: Gift, Money and Philosophy (Stanford UP, 2010). The most important book to me since Thierry de Duve's Kant After Duchamp (MIT Press, 1998).  An excellent theoretical account of the conceptual impulse behind the photographs that appear here, and a good explanation of why I'm no longer an "art journalist."  Short answer: inequality; service economy.  For those who miss my writing, I'll be speaking on Brad Phillips' work at Monte Clark Gallery Vancouver on Saturday April 30th at 2pm.  But the text of that talk is, in Henaff's fine phrase, evidence of a reciprocal social relationship, and not art criticism per se.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Metropolitan (29), 2011

Arroyo, 2011
Latta's Hocquard

A light brought back Objects 
settle in for the long run within 
the frame Fragment of 
characters laid out
      Read and arrange

"Photographic writing."  Pertinent to many images that appear here.
#28's men are waiting along Foothill Boulevard, at the farthest northwest end of the LA Basin.  Yesterday was a total writeoff, with the exception of discovering Foothill Boulevard via the new Street View camera's high-res images.  If the few miles I scrolled along are anything to judge by, FB deserves a sequence all of its own.  Endless curving streetscape, mostly shot in December -- flat grey light; mountain snow; pop-up Xmas tree lots -- with wrinkled brown hills behind.  A beaten-down place that reminds me of Kingsway and Nanaimo and Everett, Washington: a place just waiting to be picked up and examined.
Daybreak: pigeon shits in my open cappucino.  Splash.
Monday, April 04, 2011

Metropolitan (28), 2011

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Dan Graham, Untitled, 1989

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Metropolitan (27), 2011

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