Art & Development

Frieze rocks

I love Frieze. I hope to attend the Frieze Art Fair one day. It’s exceptional because scholarship and artists’ projects are just as prominent as sales. The magazine is beautifully designed, well written, global yet succinct.

Here are even more reasons to be excited about contemporary art, courtesy of Frieze:

1. This cover.

Cover of the June-Aug 2010 issue of Frieze

2. Frieze Fair Podcasts
My two favorite art podcasts are recordings of art lectures from the Tate and from Frieze Art Fair. (Right now I’m working my way through Tate’s series of talks held in conjunction with their recent exhibition, Pop Life.)

3. Frieze Projects
Frieze produces commissioned projects at every fair, including a highly competitive, juried Cartier Award that is open to artists to apply. The 2010 awardees were just announced, and their projects sound fantastic.

Jeffrey Vallance is especially entertaining and delightfully disruptive.


Podcast Reviews: Art school lectures

In the studio, I listen to a lot of podcasts, including lectures by contemporary artists, lit, conversations on astronomy, to public radio arts and culture shows. In the past few years a lot more interesting podcasts have popped up, so I thought I’d spread the good word and post reviews of notable podcasts here.

I’ve already mentioned the fantastic artist’s lecture by Kerry James Marshall at SFAI, as well as the really great presentation by Johanna Drucker at SVA.

SFAI’s podcast features world-class artists, but is rarely updated, and seems under produced (it’s just an audio recording of the lecture, but the levels aren’t balanced, and some of the Q&As should be cut or filled in). Likewise with CCA on iTunes U, except CCA’s recently hired some professional with a broadcast voice to conduct interviews. Though, with a podcast of first-year students seems more like an enrollment tactic, rather than intellectual endeavor.

SVA’s got a better-produced series of podcast lectures. As I mentioned, the Drucker lecture from the MFA Art Criticism and Writing department is great. I also tried listening to Barry Schwabsky present a paper on the ontology of painting — but had to stop due to a fatal flaw: the lecture was presented bilingually (English and French), but the levels were not balanced, and the translator was blasting my ears while I could barely hear Schwabsky. Too bad.

But SVA really excels with their Graphic Design lecture videos, including a Paul Rand series with notables like Milton Glaser, as well as a series presented by the design genius, Steven Heller. I haven’t got a portable player for videocasts, so I’m just scratching the surface of the design lectures, but they seem better produced. Learn more at the nicely designed web site, of course.