Contemporaneous Extension

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Some recent reading, to share and to archive. The market, with all of its peaks, perpetrators, and imitators, uncovers inescapable contradictions between art practice and art as profession.

 Review of Contemporary Fiction: Spring 2011, special issue: failure. With stars going to “Fantasias Impromptu” (Joshua Cohen), “The Failing of Americans” (Dan Visel), “Itchy Homo, or Why I Am So Terrible” (Travis Jeppesen).

- “Thinking about Art Practice and the Role of Compromise,” via Hyperallergic, March 19, 2014.

- “Limits on Ivory Sales, Meant to Protect Elephants, Set Off Wide Concerns,” via NY Times, March 20, 2014

- “David Foster Wallace Predicted Our Selfie Anxiety Back in 1996,” via The Wire, April 8, 2014

- “Letter to a Young Artist #1,” via Penny Arcade, April 8, 2014

- “The Sacred Cows of the Art World (Or, Why Everyone’s So Nervous About Stefan Simchowitz),” via Artspace, April 2, 2014

- “Why I Hate Post-Internet Art,” via CultureTwo/Brian Droitcour, March 31, 2014

- “On Art and Investment,” via Art-Agenda, March 25, 2014


Writing to come.

Romulo Celdran, Macro XIII, 2013. Polychromed foamboard, aluminium, and epoxy resin; 200 x 120 x 196 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Romulo Celdran, Macro XIII, 2013. Polychromed foamboard, aluminium, and epoxy resin; 200 x 120 x 196 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Romulo Celdran, Zoom XXVII, 2012. White pencil and acrylic on board; 108 x 76.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Romulo Celdran, Zoom XXVII, 2012. White pencil and acrylic on board; 108 x 76.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Romulo Celdran is showing at Hasted Kraeutler through April 19th.

Aldo Tambellini in OSMOS

I recently published an article considering Aldo Tambellini’s Videogram series in OSMOS Magazine. The magazine, published by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz (formerly of Parkett and Fantom), considers photography in all its glory, from reportage and artists’ projects to commentary on non-artistic image production and mutations in the medium. Although online presence is scarce, you can purchase the forthcoming issue via Artbook here. It is surely worth it, with incredible full-page spreads and contemporary critical thought on the future of photography. Here’s a small excerpt:

“The rubble and grime of downtown Manhattan was talismanic. Tambellini discovered discarded projector slides one day and continued his drawing practice onto their surface—they were sliced, melted, manipulated chemically with acid, paint, and ink. These slides, as well as 16mm film altered with similar improvisation and technique, became the basis of his Electromedia performances. Several projection surfaces hosted particular arrangements of slides in rapid secession. Poetry, choreography, and recorded sound were furthermore included in the cerebral onslaught. The electrified universe mirrored the violence in Lucca, Italy, Tambellini had experienced during World War II—emotionally distressing yet an undeniable catalyst for growth as a human being. The projected components of these performances, more aggressive than ambient, are referred to as the Black Film Series. They are somewhere between political rant, psychedelic introspection, and tantric inquiry blasted from the speakers of a planetarium. When it came to technology, excitement and suspicion existed in a symbiotic relationship for Tambellini. He utilized his films, still an unrestrained medium, to dissect its subtext and thus physical capability.”

For more information, check out Aldo’s website (with original poetry, film, and 2D works) or his gallery, James Cohan Gallery.

Aldo Tambellini, Videogram, 1968. Videogram on photographic paper, 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm). Image courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Aldo Tambellini, Videogram, 1968. Videogram on photographic paper, 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.(40 x 50.2 cm). Image courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York.

March 1, 2014, 11:37 pm
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Now read this.

Mars at Sunrise
March 1, 2014, 4:20 pm
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The Most Distressing Time of the Year
February 3, 2014, 10:00 am
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Dear IRS:

Please refrain from extracting every ounce of happiness I have this spring with your demanding deduction criteria and complicated formal wording. I’ll be expecting my check in the mail. Step on it.



Alfred Eisenstaedt‘s series of taxpayers from 1944 will persevere me onward and upward. Income Tax is 101 years old today! Images are courtesy of LIFE Magazine, and the entire series can be found here.

Forthcoming: “Zalmania – A Book Of Portraits from The Prior PhotoHouse”
February 1, 2014, 1:25 am
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Since I couldn’t be at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend, I’ll just drool over more books I adore. Pretty psyched about this forthcoming compendium of Israeli portraits from Sternthal Books.

For Future Reference: How Not to Organize Ideas and Content
January 23, 2014, 10:50 pm
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I was so appalled yet dually inspired by Louise Blouin’s rant to her (ex)freelance employees, many of whom she had laid off in December 2013, that I had to memorialize it. This jagged, nonsensical, tortured soapbox lecture left my eyes crossed. There is more to art criticism than the market. It has its place, sure, but enslavement to luxury seems like the quickest way to lose sight of any redeemable concept.

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Lets org a call with all the editorial this week Robert can lead and discuss the CNN go model

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We want one freelancer for opera how many big top operas
We want one for classical music for the top top
We want one for wine
One for jewelry nazarin Sonia katya
And we mix the writers with specialist voice francois cutie for ex for the auction we need to hear the market or Bennet who is Tom gem expert

Each time we write a story it needs to be linked video or paper online if it is top event
The video calendar should be of the top event and top artist covered as a bio studio existence and show something we can look at in 30 years
We should not go to interview without a written piece to optimize
Once a day we should have or more a video that is to be shared around the world by category
One top artist Interview wherever it is share translate in the world 30 minutes and 10 minute one short and long why because we are building artist page with many component it will have their videos so we need someone to call from India every institution we can promote their museum their catalogue raisonne
One day top designer other day top CEO fashion or top opera diva top and we should share around the world that video it is the video of the day

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We have launched x dailies
We have launched bl
We r launching Chinese version
We have invested and will on eat more in video around the world

This is the product strategy that we have never said and being silent is good or not I can not worry about this as I like when product speaks for itself and I have been focusing on the brands

The future of content investing more in video
Searching for talented talent in the expansion of our various categories that are linked performing arts lifestyle

We are not to have a writer of performing arts say o can not remember what we wrote about carnegy and having non specialist write about dance
The strategy is more blogs which is only happening in ny and not many in other countries and specialist but voices less content but the best
If we have a translator in each country doing 10 ooo words
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CNN go model and ft. Model spreading global with more specialist more video

This week whom in the world do an artist studio when wl be showed in the different sites

What I want is more video with top people one a week to two per country and New York more
One a day video is the biggest slideshow
I am going to close a deal with orange huge so be ready only top top interviews
Bruce Eric did we close Henry LOYRETTE do one video a month and one feature in mp
This is what we want less but top

By going with one top but less it work better and the key is to share

Museum shows at the met louvre …… Need to be covered they r the must

For ex egmont at 50 ooo versus
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For the optimization to work
I will need exactly whom is covering when the auctions and work with all visual arts around the world what is important then we say what do we need to cover by video and have experts

The model we did at the start Benjamin and I worked when we had few sites but today
We have a lot of content 17 sites if you have one site it is 2 to stories a day plus freelance
34 stories plus big site have 5 a day
Calendar matrix auction museum fashion all by genre to share
Link museum shows with studios

To share across the board
Music classical and opera
Ballet dance
Jewelry …
All auction must be covered

Template on how to Microsoft be done for auctions museum performing arts film clippings

Maybe use for video a team that we can use in India

And I would like urgently the market info with graphs 5 pages in Aa and lots online

Editorial model
One bureau chief with a solid calendar Robert to help Ty with visual arts or fashion
One other for the big cities
Then the one offs
The key is one video in the world for top artist one top diva one top designer 5 days someone is shooting and sharing
A great Japanese designer is good to be seen by anyone same for music

Good luck


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