Comments - Lots of comments added to a number of posts last week, especially Oliver Kamm and VCU Open Studios. I think the Kamm posts are over but feel free to continue discussing the merits of the VCU (or any other) MFA programs - this might be a good forum for students, staff, and faculty to have the discussion that is evidently needed.
It would also be great if some of you locals posted comments agreeing or disagreeing with some of my views on local shows. I've posted negative on Heide Trepanier, positive on Ron Johnson, and yesterday mentioned some of the work that I liked from the VCU Open Studios. Another blogger posted a defense of Trepanier on his own blog and somebody here added an anonymous comment wondering why I was giving Ron so much play - anybody else want to chip in and improve the local discourse?
Anonymous commenting is perfectly understandable in the cesspool of cronyism that is the artworld, but it would really help if you adopt a pseudonymous cyber-handle.
Nicole Cherubini - Nicole Cherubini is showing her G-Pots at ADA Gallery this month. James Wagner is a fan. Style Weekly ran a short blurb describing the work as "the “glitz” of the Jewish culture meeting the “bling” of the hip-hop world" but I talked to her at the opening and she said that wasn't quite accurate (maybe the Wagner description is better). I forgot to ask why they're called G-Pots. Is it a play on G-Spot? Are they Grafenberg Pots?
Here in Richmond the pots are on black pedestals, and with all the fur and shiny jewels I couldn't help but compare them to the work of David Altmejd. Nicole's husband, artist Patrick Purcell, told me she loves Altmejd's work.
Gentlemen! Everything you need to know about this so-called G-Spot here. Surprise someone special this Valentine's Day.
Blogroll - The blogroll to the right omits links to many other artblogs I've since discovered, and I mean to update that eventually. Apologies to other artbloggers like Sarah and Joy who have linked to anaba without getting a link back.
1708 Gallery - 1708 Gallery has a good three person show up that I've been meaning to say something about but haven't gotten to yet. More Than A Perfect World is curated by Alyssa Salomon and features the work of sculptor Chris Chase and painters Hiroshi Kimura and Erling Sjovol - the show closes February 22nd!!
Television - Tuesday Jonathan and Victoria from The Amazing Race will have a Romance Rescue with Dr. Phil! Thursday is the season premiere of Survivor followed by Martin Bashir's Michael Jackson's Secret World!
Courtesy of Forward Retreat: ARTSTAR is holding an open casting call for a new reality series culminating in a show at Deitch - I'm not sure if this is something that will really be on anywhere, certainly not network. Maybe some obscure cable channel. I'd rather try out for the Amazing Race with my sister, that would be FUN. My brother almost got on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Art Contests - Lenny of Washington DC Artnews always has the goods on Mid-Atlantic artist opportunities - if you are of a mind to enter art contests make sure you read him. I printed out the application of McLean Project For The Arts' Strictly Painting for consideration but I've since noticed the juror is Jonathan Binstock. Binstock was also the juror for the latest Mid-Atlantic round of New American Paintings so if you entered that contest and didn't get accepted you might want to re-think entering this one also. What's the point? Thanks for being such a contest hog, Jonathan Binstock!