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Miscellany. 03.03.13.

Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement, 1940 by Marsden Hartley
Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement, 1940 by Marsden Hartley. Part of the Whitney Museum exhibit American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe. (Photo by Sheldan C. Collins. Courtesy of the Whitney Museum.)

***Please please please vote for my Richard Jackson story over at KCET so that it gets made into a video segment and I don’t suffer INTERNET SHAME on par with Denver the Dog. Voting ends ended on Monday evening morning. Never mind! I lost…  (Though you should totally watch the Denver the Dog video, which came to me courtesy of John Powers.)

*** PLUS: Congrats to Maggie and Chris for winning the Tony Smith T-shirts! And thanks to INCCA-North America for supplying them.

Calendar. 02.27.13.

The Rose, 1958–66, by Jay Defeo, at the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Rose, 1958–66, by Jay Defeo. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit Jay Defeo: A Retrospective, at the Whitney Museum of America Art. Opens Thursday. (Photo by Ben Blackwell. © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society)

The Figure in Contemporary Art: Whitney Museum edition.

Glenn Ligon, Self-Portrait, 1996. This screen print definitely has to be seen in person to be appreciated. It’s heavily pixelated and provides a similar experience to viewing Chuck Close’s work. At a distance, the image looks perfect, yet as you get closer the process and its flaws become more apparent. (Courtesy the Whitney Museum).

A recent visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier this month for the opening of the Glenn Ligon show turned up a large selection of works for my series on the Figure in Contemporary Art (check out parts One, Two, and Three). While I was there, I also saw Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, housed in the Emily Fisher Landau galleries. While trying to soak in the art, I kept finding myself listening to old rich patrons talk about pieces they would buy. Thankfully, amid the market talk, I did manage to find exactly what this series needed: quality art examining the figure in many different manners, from many different voices. As I wrapped up my viewing experience at the museum, the upper-crust were downstairs trying to get down to Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back. I knew then that it was time to get back to Brooklyn.

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Nostalgia for the Net.

Last night, I attended a highly interesting panel at Hyperallergic HQ in Brooklyn called “Nostalgia for the Net” — in which an interesting crew of folks (including Joanne McNeil, of the always awesome Tomorrow Museum) reminisced about the early days of the internet, when connecting to one another digitally involved acronyms such as Telnet and BBS. At one point, the discussion drifted to Steve Lambert’s recent discovery of the movie Space Jam‘s website — in its pristine 1996 state. And it reminded me that, recently, while doing research for an upcoming story in ARTnews, I came across the Whitney Museum’s website for a 2001 digital art exhibit called Bitstreams. It has retained its early millennium layout — complete with reference to Netscape. Old school!

Find the site here. Or by clicking the image above.

And now, for a little holiday show…

If you are looking for a fine way to walk off all that turkey (or tofurkey), may I highly recommend the Charles LeDray exhibit at the Whitney. It is intense. It’s hilarious. It makes you think about why we fetishize the things we do. Best of all: I’ve got a slide show of it up at Gallerina.