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I sometimes write about art, but only rarely my own, I'm more interested in thinking about art more generally.

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Below are the slides for the third part of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave. Ugly Americans, Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, Ap Art, Graphic Design Branding, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Being Ugly

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode VI - Return of The Ugly Americans

Below are the slides for the third part of a three-part, 8-bit, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave...

I am not a Post-Modern (an essay written in real time on Twitter) - Less a post about art, and more about art theory, musing on what exactly makes a paradigm, and what it is to be modern (vs Modernist or Postmodernist). Post Modern, Postmodernism, Essay Writing, Theory, Archive, Arts And Crafts, This Or That Questions, Architecture, Twitter

I am not a Post-Modern (an essay written in real time on Twitter)

I've never liked the term #PostModern - not because of the styles & Ideologies it is attached to, but because I question the premise. #Post...

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor. Janet Cardiff, Art With Meaning, September 11, Moma, Meant To Be, Contemporary Art, The Incredibles, Culture, Let It Be

The Forty Part Motet and the meaning of art after September 11th

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky (2011); Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet (2001) I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor...

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor. Janet Cardiff, Art With Meaning, September 11, Moma, Meant To Be, Contemporary Art, The Incredibles, Culture, Let It Be

The Forty Part Motet and the meaning of art after September 11th

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky (2011); Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet (2001) I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor...

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor. Janet Cardiff, Art With Meaning, September 11, Moma, Meant To Be, Contemporary Art, The Incredibles, Culture, Let It Be

The Forty Part Motet and the meaning of art after September 11th

Takashings, Sky Blue Sky (2011); Janet Cardiff and George Bures, Forty Part Motet (2001) I know exactly why Janet Cardiff and Geor...

Hasbro's Twister Damien Hirst's Spot Challenge (Return to Part II ) Like "commodity", "consumerism" is not a word us. Size Of Texas, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Game Art, Buy Art, The Past, Games, Connection, Archive

Buying The Art Game

Hasbro's Twister (1966); Damien Hirst's Spot Challenge (2012) (Return to Part II ) Like "commodity", "consumerism" is not a word us...

Below are the slides for the second of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave via. Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, Long Time Ago, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Art History, Texts, Archive

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode V - Cold Warrior Clones

Below are the slides for the second of a three-part, 8-bit, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave via...

Below are the slides for the first of a three-part, art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave v. Episode Iv, Star Wars Film, 8 Bit, Cold War, Modernism, Art History, Texts, Archive

Star Wars & Modernism: Episode IV - The Hope of the NEW

Below are the slides for the first of a three-part, "8-bit", art history lecture on Star Wars and American Cold War Modernism I gave v...

Star Wars & Modernism: An Introduction 8 Bit Art, Episode Iv, Postwar, Star Wars Film, Some Text, Art History, Archive, Stars, Portrait

Star Wars & Modernism: An Introduction

Earlier this week on twitter I 'tweeted' what might be thought of as an 8-bit art history lecture. By "8-Bit" I mean that, in the same ...

Why I like Christian Marclay's Clock - I can easily understand why someone may dislike or be bored by Clock, I am totally flummoxed however, as to why anyone who takes contemporary art seriously, or their role as a commentator of art, would show contempt for a work of this quality. I am not an art critic. What follows is not a review, these are the associations I made; the fun I had as an artist watching the work Christian Marclay, Critic, Contemporary Art, Archive, Clock, Film, Artist, Movies, Watch

Why I like Christian Marclay's Clock - I can easily understand why someone may dislike or be bored by Clock, I am totally flummoxed however, as to why anyone who takes contemporary art seriously, or their role as a commentator of art, would show contempt for a work of this quality. I am not an art critic. What follows is not a review, these are the associations I made; the fun I had as an artist watching the work

Modernist Hangover: The Masterpiece - There is no such thing a Post War American masterpiece because there is no such thing as a masterpiece. It is a totally bogus category. The Masterpiece, Archive, Comic Books, War, American, Comic Book, Comics, Graphic Novels

Modernist Hangover: The Masterpiece - There is no such thing a Post War American masterpiece because there is no such thing as a masterpiece. It is a totally bogus category.

In Situ vs Site Specific John Power, Richard Serra, Art Festival, Moma, Archive, Band, Live, Ribbon, Bands

In Situ vs Site Specific

Vladimir Putin with Ronald Reagan ; John Powers, Die Die Die (2007) I'm traveling to Vyksa Russia today to take part in an arts festival...

Junkets: Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard (ca Damien Hirst (return to Part III ) When we use the word "art" in its modern sense, we are. Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Word Art, Savage, The Past, Archive, King, French, Modern

Biographical Extraterritoriality

Junkets: Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard (ca 1815); Damien Hirst (return to Part III ) When we use the word "art" in its modern sense, we are...

Spot Shops- Art is a commodity-ness outlier, a black swan out at the far edge of the consumer economy's left field. Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Postmodernism, The Past, Photo Wall, Post Modern, Black Swan, Frame

Spot Shops

Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent. (1999); $30 Damien Hirst spot themed coffee mugs ( Return to Part I ) "Laundry detergent is a commodity,"...

 the cynical mariage of art and commerce: Jeff Koons, Total Equilibrium Tank New Wet/Dry Trip. Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Archive, Floor, Paintings, This Or That Questions, Marketing, Home Decor

Spot Markets

Of vitrine and vitriol; the cynical mariage of art and commerce: Jeff Koons, Total Equilibrium Tank (1985), New Wet/Dry Trip...

 Larry Gagosian promotion When I am asked to give an 'artist talk' for students, something I very much enjoy. Art Students, A Classroom, Consumerism, Star Trek, Archive, Writing, People, Blog, Blogging

Spot™

Cap'n Crunch promotion; Larry Gagosian promotion When I am asked to give an 'artist talk' for students, something I very much enjoy...

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