Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Life is Short Open Thread

I heard a charming tale a while back about an exchange within a family of exotic short-lived flies, you know, the kind that are born, reproduce, and then die all in the space of 4 hours. Gathered around their grandfather fly (who was what? 3.5 hours old?), a group of younglings marveled to his stories of how different life had been when he was a kid. "Legend has it," said the grandfather fly to his captivated audience, "that long ago, the sun was actually over there, in the east."

That story came to mind while I was thinking about updating my blogroll this morning. It seems incredible that blogs emerge, develop an enthusiastic audience, and then disappear so quickly, but that is the medium.

Someone in a thread the other day asked what happened to Edna. I don't know. Anyone?

Also, Art Soldier hasn't disappeared, as much as evolved into Friendly/Agitate, which I encourage you to check out.

Pressed for time today, I'll make this an open thread for sharing favorite art blogs (ones not on my blog roll already). Feel free to mention your own.


Anonymous pp said...

So let us wish Friendly/Agitate success. I hope we see some good art there too. Thank you for passing on the news.

1/17/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Marc Snyder said...

Digging Pitt does a great job with the artistic goings-on in Pittsburgh. The blog covers art and related issues in the area, as well as highlighting events at the Digging Pitt gallery.

I'm sure that Digging Pitt will be delighted to see that Pittsburgh was where Triple Candie's Lester Hayes disappeared to when his career sputtered.

1/17/2007 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Digging Pitt is an excellent blog, Marc, you're right. And it's an inexcusable oversight that I haven't added it to my own list here. Easily enough corrected though.

1/17/2007 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to keep track of blogs and my comments thereon. It helps me juggle conversations and return to sites I might otherwise forget. Also, it's a non-local bookmark list, a must for anyone with more than one computer.

Nancy says on her blog that Edna isn't gone. She's still somewhere.

I was wondering where Art Soldier had gone. I'm glad he didn't evaporate.

Personally, I wouldn't bother to blog if I didn't think I was going to be around for a while.

1/17/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of my favorite blogs, Brian Sholis's In search of the Miraculous hasnt been updated in months, which is a drag i dont know why too busy at aretforhim, perhaps, and what did happen to Edna, i miss her as well.

1/17/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Tyler said...

Mystery solved: Edna = Brian Sholis!

1/17/2007 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a few good artist blogs I follow:

1/17/2007 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Mystery solved: Edna = Brian Sholis!

Hmmmm....come to think of it, I've never seen them in the same place.



anonymous...all great suggestions, thanks.

1/17/2007 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog About Art for sure. I just added her to my blogroll last night.

And yeah. Digging Pitt!!!

1/17/2007 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous markcreegan said...

Detroitarts (
is a great blog with great images of shows. I am amazed at the work coming out of Detroit!

I have to applaud J.T. at Thinkin' bout Art (
for his consistncy and goodness. I love the projects like the artist interviews and word project. It is wonderful to see those things progress. Also very interesting to see his work progress tru his blog.

I've enjoyed Bad at Sports this year!
ANd there is a new podcast thingy sarting from California called Artscene Visual Radio (
could be good. Great to listen to in da ol studio.

I miss Fette's blog even tho I now its still around-just not as updated these days. And I miss Dubz over at ...New Work+ (
I think those two are staring up again this year so thats good news. And i dont know if this is an artblog but I miss the webcasts at Walker Art Center. What happened to their program?

I know how hard it is to keep up a blog so I applaud everyone who keeps it going. I have tried several times but I have never been a journal keeper so it doesnt stick. I love commenting tho.

Oh an your blog is okay too Ed :)

1/17/2007 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

I'm a bit young to be making any comments on this thread. I'll come back this afternoon when I'm older and have some experiences to share. Hopefully some of you will still be around.

1/17/2007 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, how about Chris's blog NYC Art?

1/17/2007 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Yikes...I though Chris' blog was already on the lots of blogmaintenance to attend to...thanks Tracy.

Not sure I can hold on that long David...but I'll try.

1/17/2007 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying Global Warming Your Cold Heart and Eponanonymous...

...and this isn't technically an art blog... but in my humble opinion anyone who lives in Greenpoint should read New York Shitty

1/17/2007 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edna you ask?

A Hacker, a big, bad, mean one got her...

I think...?


1/17/2007 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

as for blog recommendations, the artist duo MTAA maintain a great blog they call the MTAA-Reference Resource (plus they're both nice).

1/17/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

torben giehler has a flickr account somewhere

1/17/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

true: nothing's left of Edna's blog but Letters to Edna. hacker or glitch?

1/17/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just get a grey screen with nothing on it at Ednas blog???

1/17/2007 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracy sez:
Ed, how about Chris's blog NYC Art?

Then Edward_ sez:
Yikes...I though Chris' blog was already on the lots of blogmaintenance to attend to...thanks Tracy.

Thank you, both of you. I appreciate the mention, Tracy, and Ed, now I know you truly love me (even if you haven't been replying to my e-mail messages). I'm always so much better at attributing actions to negative opinions than to mere oversight.

1/17/2007 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Anonymous Female Artist: Her blog is still there. Just the index page is hosed. Individual posts remain. It looks like her template was truncated somehow -- a mistake in editing, maybe, or a partial republish. If you add a live bookmark to her blog (say, by clicking ther Live Bookmark button to the right of the address field in Firefox) you can see her postings.

1/17/2007 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've killed a lot of flies in my time-- probably the equivalent of a week's worth of lives.

1/17/2007 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like checking in on David Byrne:
Like getting a nice long email from him every day or so. Often visual art-related but even when it's not it feels relevant.

Also recently discovered a drawing-a-day blog from SF artist Tucker Nichols, who I can't get enough of:
Stripped, funny, oftentimes downright confusing.


1/17/2007 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous jason l. said...

E_, thanks for the shout out, you're the best.

One of my favorite art-related blogs right now is called (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography. It's written by a political theory professor from upstate NY, and is the best blog I can find that focuses on the intersection between art and politics (though he concentrates primarily on photography and politics).

Also, I would recommend the blog authored by the Visual Resistance collective. It's possible that they would despise everything your gallery and the art world stands for, but I think they represent one of the most radical combinations of visual creativity and political activism to be found in NYC (but what most readers here would likely consider propaganda). Visual Resistance is perhaps best known for their white-painted 'ghost bike' memorials that can be found around the city.

1/17/2007 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous martin said...

Why doesn't anybody ever link to John Haber's Art Reviews? Is he on the blacklist or something?

Also -

* Anna L. Conti
* Bezembinder
* Carol Es
* Charles Giuliano
* Code Z
* Corny
* Drawer
* eXTra finGer
* Eva Lake
* Haber's Art Reviews
* Joanne Mattera
* John Perreault
* Look, See
* New Images
* SmArts & Culture - businessy
* Tom Moody
* TOMPAC - Tom Sanford's blog
* Tracey Helgeson
* Triple Diesel
* Zoe Strauss

1/17/2007 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

America free Tom Moody!

Oh, wait, the line is "Tom Mooney."

1/17/2007 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, that thing with live bookmark and edna doesn't work.

not for me anyway. has anyone heard from her? nancy?

1/17/2007 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just today I added a number of new blogs to my roll at

Since I produce videos about artists, I have links with video sites as well as artists, writers and others.

This blog, Edward Winkleman, has been on there for some time now. Since I hope that the people that visit me visit here through Edward's link, that in turn you will all find new visitors.

Thanks you all for the places I didn't know about.

1/17/2007 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Triple Diesel has come up a few times--it's in the good 'fresh' realm of art writing and 'they' hit it right up. I mean on!

1/17/2007 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Rebel Belle said...

I don't know what happened to Edna. I know the blog is not functioning, and I emailed her but I haven't heard back.

I assumed the blog glitch had something to do with the new Beta version of Blogger.

Apparently not.

I have the same email address for Edna that everyone else has.

So for now, y'all have tireshop, at least.

It would be really sad if Edna pulled the plug without an explanation.

1/17/2007 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger Edna said...

I didn't pull the plug. Just hadn't checked in a while and didn't realize the piece of shit was blanked out. Sorry. I think I fixed it.

I'm not dead or anything. I just stopped blogging, I guess. It started to seem... I don't know...

1/17/2007 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Edna said...

... a little retarded, or something.

1/17/2007 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Rebel Belle said...

Oh Edna!!!

Welcome back.

You is a truly excellent retard!

1/17/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger rb said...

i like to visit Lunettes Rouges at Amateur d'art

and Edward_ Winkleman, of course

i've been wondering what happened to Todd Gibson at From the Floor?

1/18/2007 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

I read Haber's Art all the time !!!
A big favorite, Haber, if you ever read this.

Also, that John Perreault critic diary, and any blog that is criticizing specific art shows (Art Critical, Maverick (used to be good, when Charles was actually strolling around to see shows), etc..).

I'm also a big fan of Simpleposie,
Zeke's Gallery (lots of canadian related stuff), Momus, Art Fag City
(or Art Fag, in Canada), and I do read anonymous bitch when there is new stuff, and generally I've been lazy (and buzy) because they are tons of other great blogs out there.

I tend to "Technorati" when I very much liked a show to see what other people are saying about it. It is surprising sometimes the wonderful shows you've seen and yet no one mentions them anywhere.


Cedric Caspesyan

1/18/2007 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous eleventh hour said...

what strategies do you use in absorbing all of this information? you can't possibly read it all everyday, but you don't want to fall out of the loop- it becomes very fragmented.

1/18/2007 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks to everyone for the cornucopia of'll take me a while to read through them all and update the blogroll, but I totally appreciate the feedback.

Glad to see Edna's not been kidnapped by the patriarchial art mafia. ;-) Yes, blogging is a bit retarded, which is why it's important to make it entertaining, as you do so well, Edna...

Oh, and for those of you who want to update your own blogrolls, Zeke of Zeke's gallery posted this amazing list of over 400 art blogs in 2005. Somre are most likely defunct now, but it's a true treasure for artblog readers.

1/18/2007 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Robyn of Oz said...

Greetings, Edward
It appears the tale you are quoting is from Terry Pratchett's 'Reaper Man'. May I recommend his 30 odd books to you?

1/18/2007 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...


Thank you so much for that. I've think I have read Terry Pratchett (but definitely not Reaper Man), and being the magpie I tend to be, couldn't recall where I had heard it. I'm sure you're right, though...thanks for the tip.

1/18/2007 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read nearly all of Terry Pratchett's books, including Reaper Man, and I don't remember reading that story at all. Which doesn't mean it's not in there, only that I don't remember it.

I also would recommend Pratchett's books, if you're the kind of person who likes fantasy novels. They're like catnip to an old D&D; nerd like myself, but hipper and more normal humans might not enjoy them as much.

Aha. Google Books actually has Reaper Man online and searchable. I was wrong -- something like Ed's story does take place in the book.

1/18/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, darling, my heart is simply broken that you have not linked to moi, but I grant you that perhaps I am simply Uncategorizable. ;-)

But my workaday self has a modest Art Blog, upon which she occasionally posts splenetic screeds when she is PMSing. Such as this afternoon. I do apologize.

1/18/2007 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an art blog based in San Francisco: Art Fever ( I'm always threatening to give it up, though.

1/19/2007 05:48:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

I've been enjoying Amy Stein's photography blog a lot lately ( In addition to all the blogs mentioned above, I have to add Modern Art Obsession, which you link to.

1/19/2007 05:22:00 PM  

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