July 2008 Archives


Check out the photo from Newsday of a weapon recovered in a drug bust on Long Island.


Suffolk County District Attorney, Thomas Spota, shows one of weapons that was confiscated during a cocaine drug bust in Riverhead, at his office at Riverhead Criminal Court (Photo by James Carbone, Newsday / July 29, 2008)


Dan Cameron on Nancy Hwang


Documentation of Nancy Hwang's participation in Free Show, September 2007

This essay related to Nancy's February 2008 show at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City is the best thing I've ever read about her work. James and I are big fans, and really enjoyed reading it. We met her at the bar mentioned in the first paragraph, but she let us have two stools so we could be there together.

A lot of important art starts off as a rumor. Nancy Hwang's career offers the example of an artist whom many people actually haven't heard of, but when you describe a couple of her pieces to them, they suddenly realize they have heard about it before, or at least they think they have. However, because no new objects come into being in the process of Hwang's art, it somehow seems less necessary to pinpoint the precise identity of the artist who created the bar with a single stool, or set up the manicurist station where one's hands are worked on by somebody whose face one never sees. In fact, people who have never experienced her work directly sometimes feel free to embellish what they do know about it with small details of their own. By operating so explicitly outside the conventional boundaries of what constitutes artistic practice, Nancy Hwang now has an entire genre practically all to herself: the artist who creates the piece by being herself in a specified place and time, and who leaves people talking about her after she's gone.


Linkage - art and politics edition

a1one in Tehran

A1one: mural on the Tehran-Karaj Expressway, Tehran 2007 (image courtesy www.kolahstudio.com)

  • Hrag Vartanian has a terrific interview with Iranian street artist A1one on the ArtCal Zine
  • The New York Review of Books has just republished Norman Mailer's coverage of the 1968 party conventions for Esquire. I have only ever read "Superman Comes to the Supermarket" from these writings.

Bonus image from sent by, not by Jay Blotcher, of Jay Boy Greetings:

jay blotcher gop


Things to do 7/21/2008

matthew l miller

Matthew L. Miller installation view at the New York Academy of Art MFA diploma exhibition

  • Visit another day, another word, a web project by the artist Jesse Hamerman. Warning: sound!
  • On Wednesday, head to Pocket Utopia in Bushwick for the salon celebrating the current artist-in-residence Matthew L. Miller. I love his modern take on classical painting. The images above are self portraits. Things should start 6ish.
  • Go see Utopia / Dystopia at Leslie Tonkonow. We went to see Tracey Baran, Julia Oschatz, and Ian Davis, but the work of Ali Banisadr was the discovery that made it all come together.


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Kendrick Mar
Tell Me, 2006
oil on canvas, 34 × 36 inches

I haven't been blogging about art because I find it difficult to look at art when it's this hot outside. The galleries I want to go to (as opposed to the behemoths with retail-quality a/c) can get pretty warm during these weather conditions.

Here are some recommended actions, regardless of the heat. You should also check out what the other Culture Pundits bloggers are posting.

Visit Kendrick Mar's website to check out his art. His artist statement says:

My work is metaphorical self-portraiture that addresses childhood emotions and trauma. Issues surrounding memory, family dysfunction and being adopted manifest strongly in my work. Children's books and television programs present a collective narrative in which grown-ups care for the best interests of their children. The pernicious disparity between this fiction and the brutal reality of childhood is the terrain I am most interested in exploring.

I found him via the Culture Pundits Artists program.

Listen to excellent music from Chiapas and Oaxaca via the widget below, or buy the CD.

Go see the Joao Ribas-curated show at Andrew Kreps before it closes Friday.

Attend Over The Opening on Friday, July 18th, from 7 to 10pm -- new installation by Dana Strasser and Isabella Bruno.




Put it in your calendars. You know any group that honored James and me at the last one has excellent taste.



  • Adam Sullivan for congress
    Adam Sullivan is challenging Rep. Jerrold Nadler in the Democratic primary because Rep. Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, refuses to hold hearings on impeachment.
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Yes, the video is two years old, but I still love it. I think that might be Rufus Wainright playing a shoe salesman at one point.

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