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From the Archives – Help Desk: Lazy Art Critic

Francesco Vezzoli, installation view of Olga Forever! The Olga Picasso Family Album at Almine Rech Gallery

In case you missed it, we’re pulling today’s Help Desk from our archives! Submit your question about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, or selling art using our anonymous submission form: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Today’s article was originally published on March 18, 2013. An art critic who writes for a local newspaper recently approached me. He wants to review a recent[.....]

Help Desk: Selling Unconventional Work

Nina Beier. The Demonstrators (Hanging Receiver), 2012; Chair, poster, and glue, 19 x 20 x 34 inches.

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I work for a gallery that has become known as a place for artists to take risks. (While this is exciting and great, it is also frustrating—especially for the[.....]

Help Desk: Trading Up

John Divola. Cells, 87CA1, 1987-9.
Internal Dye-diffusion Print, 20 x 24 in. © John Divola

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED Arts. I’ve been with my gallery for about four years, and had two solo shows (and participated in a few group shows) with them. They are[.....]

Help Desk: Performance Anxiety

Sylvia Palacios Whitman (b. 1941), Passing Through, performance at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, May 20, 1977. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Babette Mangolte; © 1977

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED Arts. I am not trained as a visual artist—I hold my graduate degree in dance choreography, and before grad school I worked primarily in live theatrical[.....]

Help Desk: Your Dynamic & Productive Residency

Anne Neukamp. Curl, 2013; oil, tempera, and acrylic on canvas, 240 x 190 cm

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is cosponsored by KQED Arts. I spent last year applying to residency programs in the U.S. and finally got one. How do I maximize my time there? Obviously I’ll be[.....]

From the Archives – Help Desk: Internship Woes

This week, our intrepid Help Desk columnist is on the road, so we bring you some advice from 2012 that still applies to many people: how to navigate the shoals of internships, especially in terms of taking credit for ideas and labor. Send your question about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling (or any other activity related to contemporary art), to http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions are anonymous and become the[.....]

Rituals of Rented Island at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Julia Heyward, God Heads, performance part of “Performances: Four Evenings, Four Days” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, February 28, 1976. Courtesy the artist

Peggy Phelan said it best: “Performance’s only life is in the present.”[1] Slippery in designation and impermanent by nature, a performance is not the same as the video of a performance. The viewer must be present for not only the sights and sounds of the performer, but also the smell, the temperature, the crowd, the fidgeting in a folding chair, or standing on a concrete[.....]