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Perry Garvin Studio Launches Baryshnikov Arts Center’s New Website

Perry Garvin Studio designed and built a new website for Baryshnikov Arts Center


Recommended Reading – April 2012 Edition

Tumblr art blogs, neuroscience and morality, hyperaddictive stupid games, and more

Recommended Reading - March 2012

Recommended Reading – March 2012 Edition

Outstanding long form writing from March 2012


How to Make an Amazon Kindle Book using HTML and CSS

A tutorial on how to make an Amazon Kindle book using HTML, CSS, Amazon KindleGen, and Amazon Previewer.

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Perry Garvin Studio Launches ICE Website

Perry Garvin Studio designed and built International Contemporary Ensemble a website that represents their contemporary identity and showcases their concerts, recordings, and educational initiatives.

Seed Drawings

Clement Valla’s Seed Drawings document the emergent process of a chain of individuals copying a small line drawing and then passing it onto the next to repeat the process a 1000 times. Each complete drawing is an aggregate of many smaller drawings grouped together. The works were made using the crowd-sourcing online tool Mechanical Turk, […]

Perry Garvin Studio Launches Habana Works Website

Perry Garvin Studio is excited to announce the launch of their latest website: the Habana Works website.

What College Rankings Really Tell Us

Malcolm Gladwell dismantles the validity of higher education rankings in this week’s New Yorker.

Irina Werning – Back to the Future

Irina Werning‘s Back to the Future series presents old photographs retaken years later.

Hundreds of Tourist Photos Woven into One

Hundreds of Tourist Photos Weaved into One

The Kids Are Alright

Adam Gopnik writes a terrific essay this week in the New Yorker on three cultural responses to the internet: “it’s gonna kill us all,” “it’s the best thing ever,” and “we’ve been here before, quit freaking out.” I’m a strong believer in the last position and especially disdain the way criticism of youth gets conflated with the criticism of technology.

The Blithedale Romance

My talented friend Veronica Kavass has curated this show of work by artists she hosted as manager of Chashama‘s 2010 cha north residency. Brandon Neubauer is the chap behind the photograph…  Good things to be seen – opening is on Valentine’s Day. ArtCat – Midtown – chashama 217 Art Space – chashama presents: The Blithedale […]

BLDGBLOG: On the Grid

Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter recently got in touch with an extraordinary series of aerial photographs called Baumschule—some of which, he explains, were taken using a camera mounted on a fishing rod. via BLDGBLOG: On the Grid.

MoMA | Instruction Lab

Instruction Lab is a new interactive workshop where participants can witness and reconstruct conceptual, instruction-based pieces by artists—including George Brecht, Alison Knowles, and Ben Vautier—who were integral to the international Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s. By engaging directly with original Fluxus scores and performances, the lab aims to re-create the innovative spirit of […]

Perry Garvin Studio Launches Raddish Catering Website

Perry Garvin Studio is proud to announce the launch of our latest website for client Raddish Catering.

Fake Interview: Bruce Nauman on “Days”

A fake interview with Bruce Nauman about his work of art, “Days.”

Perry Garvin Studio launches The Ecology Center website

Perry Garvin Studio is proud to announce the launch of our latest work: The Ecology Center website.

A Technique for Easier Reading on the Web

Improve your experience of reading long form text on the web with Readability.

Apple in 2010 is Kodak in 1888

The iPad is to computing in 2010 as the Kodak camera was to photography back in 1888. In that year George Eastman registered Kodak as a trademark and coined the phrase “You Press the Button and We Do the Rest” thus introducing the concept of a “snapshot” and expanding access to photography beyond a niche, […]

Photos For Tino

Ben Davis of ArtNet writes about Tino Sehgal.  Good piece to be read in conjunction with the more general NY Times article from 2009 and the one from 2007. Photos For Tino – artnet Magazine

Exemplary Brochure Site

This IGN Entertainment brochure site might just be a virtuoso piece.

The Birthing of Vesper

Rob Keller writes about the development of his font face called Vesper.

Artspeak of the Day

Here’s a delicious nugget of artspeak. Let’s hope it’s a translation problem.

Charting the Decline

The decline of art world money through the thickness of ArtForum.

DIANE CARR: Cold Comfort

Diane Carr – a painter I particularly admire – is back with another gallery show. December 9 – 11, 2009 at Gallery SATORI, 164 Stanton St, New York, NY

“The New Spirit of Collecting” by Paco Barragán

Collectors have achieved a central role in contemporary art, not that the spirit of today’s collectors has less or nothing to do with yesteryear’s philanthropist or maecenas.

Another Take on the New Whitney Website

Vincent Roman has posted an outstanding review of the Whitney’s new website.

Florian Slotawa at Nordenhake

Nothing new here but I’m a sucker for nostalgia. From the press release, “Florian Slotawa has ripped out pieces of his studio’s walls and transferred them to the gallery space. During the duration of the exhibition, the physically displaced architectural pieces are layered against the storefront window, through which the gallery space opens onto the […]

Whitney Ponders Problem of Replication in Modern Art

“How do you acquire or display a work of performance art that exists only in the form of an instruction sheet? What should conservators do about works that are deteriorating because they were made from unstable materials, such as neon, or sharks? If you want to exhibit a huge work of conceptual art that is […]

Whitney Website Redesign

A review of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s relaunched website,

Bad Political Art: “Go Get Your Shinebox”

The gall. From the press release of an upcoming show at the Brooklynite Gallery titled “Go Get Your Shinebox”: With the global economic downturn and the hardship it has caused blue-collar workers throughout, we find it fitting to explore the world’s simplest way to make a living- SHINING SHOES. We are planning an exhibition around […]

Claes Oldenburg: Conservation of Floor Cake

The Museum of Modern Art’s blog blasted onto the scene a couple of weeks ago and has been pumping out smart, solid content since.  Case in point: this “behind-the-scenes” dissection of a Claes Oldenburg sculpture.  Keep track of the MoMA blog; there are good things afoot. MoMA | Claes Oldenburg: Conservation of Floor Cake (Week […]

Map as Art

The exhibition presents a diverse group of work in a variety of media, all of which use mapping concepts to explore uncharted territories both formal and intellectual.

Mai Ueda, Family Dinner in a Parallel Universe

“Artist Mai Ueda invites a selection of her friends–musicians, fashion designers, and artists–to perform, dine and play music at the same time. A not-to-missed neo-fluxus event that will recall the Fluxus Dumpling dinner staged by Maciunas in 1971 in SoHo.” Emily Harvey Foundation 537 Broadway, 2nd Floor Saturday, November 14 7:00pm FREE via Performa

“Scenarios: Scripts to Perform ” by Richard Kostelanetz

This massive anthology collects scripts in the form of notes, instructions, drawings, graphs, charts, and more from artists of varied backgrounds and styles whose shared interest is in the performative. With contributions from Marina and Ulay Abramovic, George Brecht, John Cage, Peter Frank, Philip Glass, Dan Graham, the Living Theater, Claes Oldenburg, Rachel Rosenthal, Gertrude […]

Early Computer Artist Mark Wilson

“While a computer program may use a complex series of mathematical algorithms, the visual artist generally uses simpler procedures. But the process is similar whether the algorithms are simple or complex. Artists like Larry Poons, Sol LeWitt, and Jackson Pollock sometimes used structured visual procedures—or algorithms—to generate their images.” Good interview with early computer artist […]

Illuminated Manuscript Maps

Illuminated manuscript maps from the Walters Art Museum on Flickr

On The Media: Transcript of “The Fear Factor” (October 30, 2009)

Is our fear of biotechnology impeding the scientific progress we once revered? Michael Specter thinks so. In his new book Denialism, Specter says irrational thinking has led the opposition of vaccines and genetically modified food. The internet and the news media aren’t helping either. via On The Media: Transcript of “The Fear Factor” (October 30, […]

In Our Time: Schopenhauer

Melvyn Bragg and guests AC Grayling, Beatrice Han-Pile and Christopher Janaway discuss the dark, pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. As a radical young thinker in Germany in the early 19th century, Schopenhauer railed against the dominant ideas of the day. He dismissed the pre-eminent German philosopher Georg Hegel as a pompous charlatan, and turned instead […]

Maria Eichhorn: The Artist’s Contract

Between 1996 and 2005, Maria Eichhorn conducted interviews with artists, gallery owners and others–including Carl Andre, Michael Asher, Paula Cooper, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Adrian Piper, Robert Ryman, John Weber, Lawrence Weiner and Jackie Winsor–about sales of artworks, speculation, the role of collectors and museums and artists’ rights. via Maria Eichhorn: The Artist’s Contract […]

Angela Strassheim, Evidence

Glad to hear of a new show of photographs by Angela Strassheim. I was captivated by the saccharine melancholy of her 2006 “Left Behind” series.  Radically new direction here in this upcoming show.  Press release follows. — Marvelli Gallery is pleased to present “Evidence,” an exhibition of new photographs by Angela Strassheim. This will be […]

American Landscapes 2009 – Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

American Landscapes takes the interiors of commercial photography studios across the United States as its ostensible subject. The artists reject the foreground and highlight instead the space in which images are literally “made.” In these occasionally abstract photographs, the surfaces of walls, floors and ceilings junction along straight lines and parabolic curves to create the […]

Mary Frey

Mary Frey

Painfully Honest and Epic Mobile Home Commercial

Honest and Epic Mobile Home Commercial

The Top 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World!

PERFORMA 09 Calendar of Events

Bruce High Quality Foundation University

The Bruce High Quality Foundation – the precocious little collaborative than can – is launching an arts education university to redress the “problem” of arts education today



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Jerry Saltz Discusses Lack of Female Artist Representation in MoMA’s Collection with Ann Temkin

Jerry Saltz recently wrote a letter to MoMA articulating his grievances, suggesting remedies, and indicating that hundreds of his “fans” on Facebook found the indiscrepency alarming.

The High Line Website Redesign

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the new website I designed for Friends of the High Line.

Shattered Art by Brock Davis

Shattered Art by Brock Davis via

Daniel Lefcourt at Sutton Lane

New show up by Daniel Lefcourt.  One sentence in the press release is a glory of artspeak: “Meaning is simultaneously constructed and evaded, deflected and defined.”  HA!  Anyway – good stuff in that mid-60s Minimal vein.  More at his website: Sutton Lane: Exhibitions.


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Negative Art Manifesto

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Younger Than Jesus – The Blog

The New Museum’s first triennial exhibition, The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, presents work by fifty artists under the age of thirty-three. On view April 8 – July 5, 2009.

This blog features related articles, multimedia, and interviews about this Millennial generation.

Five Questions

Thanks to Andy Horwitz for interviewing me on his terrific blog Culturebot.

Perry Garvin on Twitter

Only the Lord could imagine why but if you are so inclined you may follow me on Twitter.

Dr. Anthony Berlet :: The Plastic Arts

Plastic surgery as art at Apex Art. More>


Opening soon at the terrific LAWRIMORE Project in Seattle, the work of artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley will be on view.  Here’s a good one called “Stability”: like a see-saw, this 25 foot structure is a house balanced on a central pivot with the two artists living at either end. More here

Subway Art Gallery Opening at Improv Everywhere

Improv everywhere created an art gallery opening on the 23rd Street subway platform in Manhattan. They put up 30 placards next to objects in the space (pipes, electrical boxes, signs, advertisements), transforming them into works of art. The gallery included a bar, a coat rack, and a cellist. My favorite wall label for a telephone: […]

DCKT Contemporary – Exhibition – William Swanson

DCKT Contemporary – Exhibition – William Swanson. Could be a good show.

Two evening performances of event scores written by Fluxus pioneer George Brecht: FLUXCONCERT 20090220-21

Two evening performances of event scores written by Fluxus pioneer George Brecht

FLUXCONCERT 20090220-21

FLUXCONCERT 20090220-21 is a two-evening performance of historic Fluxus event scores written by Fluxus pioneer George Brecht.

Music for the Williamson Tunnels, 2008

Music for the Williamson Tunnels, 2008. Audio double-CD, edition of 1000, September 2008. A limited edition compilation by Alan Dunn and Jeff Young inspired by The Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool, featuring historical pieces alongside new compositions around the theme of artists’ uses of the sound of dripping water.

Jeremy Deller Calendar

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a calendar I designed for the New Museum’s current exhibition It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq: A project by Jeremy Deller. The show looks promising so take a peek at the speakers and if you’re in New York, drop on by.

Tehching Hsieh

“We will stay together for one year and never be alone. We will be in the same room at the same time, when we are inside. We will be tied together at the waist with an 8 foot rope. We will never touch each other during the year.”  Artist Tehching Hsieh performed this piece with […]

Chris Burden: Documentation of Selected Works 1971-74

Nice compilation of Chris Burden’s work in video form: U B U W E B – Film & Video: Chris Burden.

Ben Patterson Tells Fluxus Stories

Old Fluxer Ben Patterson talks about Fluxus, its origins, and its legacy. Patterson-Ben_Tells-Fluxus-Stories_1962-2002.mp3 audio/mpeg Object.

Some Thoughts on Clyfford Still

Some thoughts I had about Clyfford Still while looking at one of his color field paintings at MoMA

“Melon Bird” by Point Juncture, WA

A galloping bass line, choppy guitar twitches, swelling horn sections à la “Giant Steps” Boo Radleys, and peculiar lyrics about a hummingbird who flies into a slice of watermelon prompting existential panic at a party. This is “Melon” by Portland band Point Juncture, WA.

Edward Winkleman Interview

Gallerist Ed Winkleman discusses a range of topics related to art and business in this highly recommended hour-long interview.