Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: MFA vs. Residency

Pat O'Neill. Horizontal Boundaries, 2008; still from color film, sound,
23 mins.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored by KQED.org. How valuable is an MFA these days and is it really worth the cost? I’ve spent the last two months researching schools and preparing applications for MFA programs in[…..]

Psychopaper at Piktogram

Ewa Ciepielewska (Luxus), untitled, 1984, watercolor, 99 x 68 cm. Courtesy of Piktogram/BLA, photo:

At 6 a.m. on December 13, 1981, General Wojciech Jaruzelski appeared on Polish television to declare martial law in effect throughout the country. Following his edict, for the next two and a half years citizens were stripped of their civil liberties: All borders and airports were closed, public gatherings were banned, independent organizations were declared illegal, and travel between cities required permission.* Curfew was imposed, and[…..]

British British Polish Polish at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Konrad Smolenski. Rysunek (Drawing), 2001; color video, sound, 3 min 30 sec.

Now on view at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, British British Polish Polish is a comprehensive—nearly overwhelming—exhibition with works by more than 60 artists occupying two floors. Though the individual pieces of the show are often thrilling, their overall placement leaves much to be desired. According to curators Marek Goździewski and Tom Morton, the exhibition is meant to reflect “the extraordinary[…..]

Help Desk: A Spark in the Dark

Rezi van Lankveld.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored by KQED.org. I graduated from college about a year ago, and have been pursuing art passionately and persistently ever since. My work is well received, and I’ve participated in shows,[…..]

Help Desk: An Institutional Setting

Paulina Olowska. Chess player 1, 2010; Oil on canvas; 69 x 49 inches.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored by KQED.org. Could you tell me the best way for a newcomer to select an appropriate art consultant in the first place? It appears to be almost impossible in this[…..]

Help Desk: How to Find Artists

Gretchen Bender. Installation view of Tracking the Thrill, 2013.

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 co-sponsored by KQED. I have a gallery in LES [the Lower East Side of New York City] and I want to fill it with great art[…..]

From the Archives – Help Desk: Flirtatious Collectors & Young Curators

Rob Swainston, Triumphal Arch, 2007. Installation

Bean Gilsdorf is on the road this week—look for her reports from Krakow and Warsaw in October—so today we bring you a reprint of a column from July 23, 2012. Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Help Desk is co-sponsored[…..]