Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I Want My Art TV

In pointing toward the BBC2's new ten-parts--five-hour series on the British Museum (titled, in that dry-as-a-gin-martini-made-the-right-way way that only the Brits dare do, "The Museum"), Tyler Green noted:
And to think that PBS gives us, uh, well, what does PBS give us?! Art21 every few years and...
Well, thanks to Robert Knafo, who brought you Studio Visit, those of us who want our art TV can look forward to the launch of NewArt TV (it's still under development but scheduled to launch this Summer). Promising "documentaries, studio visits, and reports on leading artists of our time" along with "global coverage of art events, major exhibitions, and gallery openings...performances and concerts," it promises to be there 24/7 (on the web) providing a forum for folks to "see, think about, and share their views on art." There's a blog incorporated into the preview design, which is how I understand one shares one's views. Here's a trailer of what to expect (here's a larger version if you have the connection to view it). Can't wait!



Blogger Donna Dodson said...

wasn't jeffrey deitch working on an art tv project a few years ago? i love art21- in boston there has also been a 'greater boston arts' series that is more geared to featuring artists with shows on view in museums and galleries and it offers and in depth look at their work and studio process with interviews... and on pbs there was a show series call egg- the arts show that was cool- its hist was jack lalane- remember him? my mother used to work out to his tv shows in the 70's...

6/05/2007 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Molly Stevens said...

The other day I popped into a bookstore (the bookstore) on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and found that I wanted to read everthing. I hated it. I like the feeling that what I read is not a market. That, somehow, I'm more of an individual.

This is what bothers me about art tv. Aren't artists "supposed" to be misunderstood? Does art tv just promote an in-crowd, a "right way," an establishment.

6/05/2007 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Dodson said...

i think the artworld and the sheer number and variety of artists is too big to be an in-crowd or a right way or an establishment- which reminds me, there was a great video at the aldrich museum a few years ago as part of an exhibition of the work of macdowell colony artists- 'A new video by New York-based artist Neil Goldberg provocatively explored the need and motivation to create art. Shot in 2001 while Goldberg was a Fellow at MacDowell, the video pieces together interviews with five other artists who were in residence at the time and premiered at The Aldrich'
what i remember was him poking around and asking questions like is it bad theres so much art out there- so many people making art- who do it because they have the money to do it and artists justifying that with saying- art isnt bad- it doesnt hurt anyone- so what if there is so much of it out there...

6/05/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Molly, sure it's possible--well, probable--that the same folks profiled on ArtTV will be the ones profiled in the art mags. But I will be rooting for the new faces. And I'll be interested to see reportage from the art fairs that I can't get to; to see museums I don't regularly visit; to hear what the curators have to say, beyond their catalog essays; and to hear the critics in their own voices, not just the voice in my head as I read from the page.

Ed, get that yellow tie ready.

6/05/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Molly Stevens said...

Both good points.

But isn't there a little self-hatred in you? The mirror you don't want to face?


Don't you want to cling to the hope (ever-slipping) that your are somehow "special," that you're not an ant on an ant hill?

6/05/2007 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

I am excited about this new program. It seems a welcome addition to other video based sites like Vernissage TV.

Joanne and Molly,
About the career status of the artists who will be featured on Newart.TV (what happened to Newhart TV?;))-- I have to say my intial enthusiasm for the internet as a way of democratizing the artworld has eased a bit. I thought the internet would make true the idea that if you make good work and find multiple ways to get work seen opportunities will come. I think that is basically true (it has for me certainly) but it will be interesting to see how established these Newart artists are.

In order to be listed on artnet.com one needs gallery representation correct? Does one need the same to be featured on Newart? I think having some internet sites with higher standards is great (one of the reasons I have been wary of putting my work up on Saatchi's Your Gallery site, which i think lacks some standards). But i would hope that its the work that establishes that standard and not what school you went to or if you are in a gallery or not. It would be nice to see a mix of artists on something like Newart TV. Any thoughts?

6/05/2007 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

okay i just saw the trailer and i must this is REALLy exciting!

Just to clarify my last post: it is perfectly well and good and maybe preferable that Newart TV focus on the big hitters. I would just like to see an area of the internet used much like the alternate spaces of the seventies in that it is a respected, established, heavily trafficked site giving access to those outside of the mainstream.
Or perhaps the blogs and individual portfolio websites play this role?

6/05/2007 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

As always, it's a selection process.
. To be on Artnet, a gallery has to select to represent you.
. To be reviewed or featured in a conventional art magazine, a writer or reviewer has to propose the story and an editor has to approve it; or an editor, who typically has antannae out, assigns a story to a writer. In all instances, someone other than you is making the decision.
. Same with TV or Internet coverage. Here it's the producers rather than the editors who are making those decisions.

But the Internet in general is a huge democratic screen for art viewing. (Anti-"careerists" don't read any further.) Artists can get their work out into the world via websites, blogs and visual e-mail. Obviously that requires some active promotion on the part of the artist. People do look at this stuff. Curators, dealers, editors, producers, artists: we're all visual people. We look. (I understand Saatchi spends hours looking at the little world he has created.)

6/05/2007 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Joanne, Yes the internet provides ample opportunity for display and viewing of an indiviual's work. But what about legitimizing arenas that provide some degree of analysis and conversation about the work?

I suppose this line of thinking is personal. It just seems if a medium like the internet provides access regardless of the location of the artist, then some conversation about the work (reviews, etc.) could exist within that medium rather than only rely on the gallery solo show or representation as the catalyst to that level of attention and consideration. Idealist i am.

6/05/2007 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Mark(and All)--

You are right. There should be such sites. And there are. Several that I can speak about from my own experience are:

. Geoform: www.geoform.net , a terrific site edited by the painter and writer Julie Karabenick, which focuses on geometric abstraction. Julie calls it "an online curatorial project."

. Minus Space, www.minusspace.com , edited by Matthew Deleget and Rossana Martinez, which focuses on reductive abstraction.

. Abstract Art on Line , edited by Joseph Walentini and Janet Shapiro, www.abartonline, which reviews New York shows and has, at least in the past, offered features.

. My own blog, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, www.joannemattera.blogspot.com , is an artist-eye view of artists and art fairs, with a heaping dollop of stuff about me and my work as well.

In each instance these sites were conceived and are maintained by artists who have developed their writing and curatorial skills.

Is it "legitimate" when artists take matters into their own hands? I think so--if the thinking and writing is sufficiently developed.

6/05/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Sunil said...

Good for the armchair connoisseur who would like to peruse and learn more about the artworld - not too sure how this might help up and coming artists - maybe that is not the objective of a site like this.
I enjoyed the hype in the video.

6/05/2007 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Creegan said...

Thanks for the info Joanne. I knew about minusspace and the awesome Rossana Martinez.
Hey maybe Newart TV will have comercials and such. Maybe all of us could chip in in and make an art infomercial!

"It slices, it dices, it deconstructs, it recontexualizes, it juxtaposes, it defamiarizes! All for the low low low price of $19.95! You heard me! This AMAZING site-specific installation for just $19.95! Order today and get this lovely cubic zarconia skull for free!!"

6/06/2007 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Jaymes Indiana said...

Hopefully Claire Bishop (CUNY) steps into this and starts slicin' and dicin'

4/13/2009 01:44:00 PM  

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