Posts Tagged ‘Bean Gilsdorf’

Summer Session – Help Desk: Is It Any Wonder?

david-bowie-fame

This Summer Session we’re talking about celebrity, and today we bring you Bean Gilsdorf’s Help Desk arts-advice column and a question about fame. With the art world, the art market, and celebrity so deeply intertwined, what is the difference between being a famous artist and a successful artist, and can it be described by the similarities between Thomas Kinkade and Damien Hirst? This column was originally published[…..]

Summer Session – Art & Vexation: Interview with William Powhida

William Powhida, Cynical Advice, 2012. Graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper, Cynical Advice, 15” x 20”, Graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper, 15 x 20 inches

For this Summer Session we’re thinking about celebrity, and that also means thinking about what it means to both loathe and desire its effects for oneself. There is no denying that the art world is often driven by the forces of celebrity, and William Powhida makes the core of his practice a thorough critique of this system. His work responds to the ambivalent desire for status[…..]

Summer Session – Help Desk: Getting Paid for Curatorial Work

Kerry James Marshall. Portrait of a Curator (In Memory of Beryl Wright), 2009; acrylic on PVC, 30 7/8 x 24 7/8 x 1 7/8 in.

This week wraps up our month of regarding labor in the arts: work, innovation, collaboration, compensation, and leisure. In this Help Desk column, Bean Gilsdorf answers a question about making money from curatorial pursuits with some help from Fatos Üstek and Kuba Szreder. The article was originally published on May 9, 2016. I’m a professional curator with over a decade of experience, mostly as a salaried professional. I’d[…..]

Summer Session – Help Desk: Support for Artists

Sigmar Polke. Untitled, 1971. Paint on fabric.

Our first Summer Session theme is labor, and today’s Help Desk advice column answers a tricky question about support, “exposure,” and compensation with some help from Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.). Columnist Bean Gilsdorf notes that “uncompensated exchange can still be ethical.” This article was originally published on May 25, 2015. I espouse fair labor initiatives like W.A.G.E.* to pay artists. However, my own[…..]

Summer Session – Help Desk: Internship Woes

Yoyoi Kusama, Dots Obsession, 1999. Mixed media, Collection Les Abattoirs,Toulouse

Kicking off our 2016 Summer Session is a sequence of articles that regard labor in the arts: work, innovation, compensation, leisure, and more! In this Help Desk column, Bean Gilsdorf answers a question about internships, working for free, training for future employment—and considering what the law allows. The article was originally published on December 17, 2012. In general, blog writing is a tricky area in terms of authorship.[…..]

From the Archives – Weaving, Not Cloth: Mark Bradford at SFMOMA

Mark Bradford, Potable Water, 2005; billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, and additional mixed media; 130 x 196 inches; collection of Hunter Gray; © Mark Bradford; photo: Bruce M. White

We always like to see artist Mark Bradford’s name pop up in the press. Of course, there’s the fantastic news that Bradford will be representing the U.S. in this year’s Venice Biennale, in addition to last week’s cheekily delivered critique of art auctions (while onsite at Christie’s). Today, we’re republishing Bean Gilsdorf’s meditations on the tactility of Bradford’s work in relation to textiles. This article[…..]

Best of 2015 – Help Desk: Selling Out

Installation view: Tony Conrad. Two Degrees of Separation, Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Photo: Stephan Wyckoff: Grommet Horn, ca. 1970, Replik 2014, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne

Today we kick off our annual Best Of series with a selection from senior editor Vivian Sming: “Bean Gilsdorf hits the nail on the head once again in her Help Desk article on ‘selling out.’ As an artist, there will always be certain opportunities that come knocking on your door that cause you to raise an eyebrow. In part, we may carry some sort of guilt[…..]