Jon Armstrong and his wife Heather recently journeyed 100 miles northwest from their Salt Lake City home to Golden Spike National Historic Site in Box Elder County, Utah. Their destination was Spiral Jerry, a 1,500-foot coil of rocks placed there by Robert Smithson in 1970. Smithson built the spiral out of black basalt rocks taken […]

Nora Ephron witnessed some crazy shit in Las Vegas recently. And everyone was fully clothed! According to her report on Huffington Post, billionaire developer Steve Wynn (a friend of Ephron’s) put his elbow through a Picasso he was about to sell for $139 million (he paid $48.4 million for it in 1997). No painting has […]

National Geographic: Archaeologists revealed the final section of the earliest known Maya mural ever found, saying that the find upends everything they thought they knew about the origins of Maya art, writing, and rule. The painting was the last wall of a room-size mural to be excavated. The site was discovered in 2001 at the […]

The first artist one encounters in the Lowcountry is Jonathan Green. But let’s also look at the fine work of Leo Twiggs. “Veterans with Flag,” 1970-71 (batik and paint on cotton mounted on board) The Chronicle of Higher Education: In the middle of one of the interminable brouhahas over the Confederate Battle Flag here in […]

DK invited me to prepare a paper and attend an Ethics conference at Ringling School of Art + Design in Sarasota this November. Here’s the synopsis: The “creative class” has emerged as a hot job market in the 21st century economy. Artists and designers increasingly shape not only the art of the gallery or museum, […]

photo by Evil Vince Our friend, Chris May, a.k.a. DJ Evil Vince, is out on tour with Ben Harper this summer and his photos are being showcased on the Ben Harper site, under On The Road (on the nav bar). When you get to the tour page, click the letter [P] in brackets for the […]

Pluff Mudd is a term indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry. It refers to the odiferous ooze that carpets marsh bottoms and riverbeds in the tidal zones of the May and Colleton rivers. Pluff Mudd smells of rotten eggs, and is the reason why salt marshes have that typical smell at low tide—the result of […]

Washington, DC-based artist, Mark Jenkins, is doing some interesting things with clear packing tape. Thanks to Idle Type for the pointer.

All architecture can be considered public art. Although, much of the slap-and-paste variety so prevalent in American communities today, falls well short of such a lofty designation. Not so in Japan, where even the manholes receive thoughtful treatment from city planners. In a related note, Good Graffiti showcases another form of (unsanctioned) public art.

Andy Goldsworthy is one of the UK’s best-known artists. His extraordinary sculptures are made from natural materials with the minimum of technological intervention; if a work can be made by hand then it will be. Normally situated outdoors, often in rugged and inaccessible terrain, the pieces are left to be gradually eroded by wind, rain […]

“The Color of Paradise” is a fable of a child’s innocence and a complex look at faith and humanity. Visually magnificent and wrenchingly moving, the film tells the story of a boy whose inability to see the world only enhances his ability to feel its powerful forces. As I watched this stunning film from Iran […]

“Home Place” by Jonathan Green Noted art critics and reviewers consider Jonathan Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience. He was raised by his grandparents in the Gullah culture of coastal South Carolina. Having received formal training at The Art Institute of Chicago, Green has made his living as an artist […]

Once more, I have world traveler, photographer, DJ, and collector, Evil Vince, a.k.a. No Evil Mon to thank for turning me on to interesting undercurrents in art. Today, during a less than inspired performance from our Bears, he handed me a small book showcasing the poster art of Shepard Fairey, the creator of Obey Giant. […]

Malika and Weez hosted a great brunch this past Sunday. To help support their friends in the arts, they encouraged the display of photography by one young woman. Another friend displayed his anarchist politics in the form of this t-shirt: You can order one from Controvert.com. Strangely enough, I have a Web site devoted to […]

One of my favorite things about living in the Midwest (and being a Midwesterner) is the nativist idea I like to harbor about my ability to discern and enjoy true American gems like Saugatuck and Douglas, MI, for instance. One might add Okoboji, Mineral Point, Door County, or the Sandhills to this quick list—all places […]

While riding the CTA Brown Line to work the other day I saw a Sun Times “We Are Brighter” print ad defaced by a culture-busting media activist. The activist placed a printed message constructed of black type on white computer paper over the paid piece. It said, “More Art. Less Ads.” How can one blame […]

Our Saturday consisted of a forty year retrospective of Lee Bontecou’s imaginative, inspired work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wine flights at Bin 36 in Marina City, and exquisite food and drink care of Mexican master, author and star of his own show, Rick Bayless and the wonderful Frontera Grill staff. We’ve been meaning […]

eBay didn’t work for me. I posted my Garcia print, “Poet Reflects The War” in two consecutive 7-day auctions and received no offers, just a note from a nice lady who remarked that my print was probably worth quite a bit more than I was selling it for. What did work was reaching out to […]