UPDATE 9/06: i've gone through here and removed x's real name because when googled, this post was like the first thing that came up... and it is unfair to scapegoat x so much. if anybody leaves any new comments that name x, i will delete them. x is a fellow struggling artist, not a bad guy.
Oh! I missed a fourth one of X's glowing VCU reviews! From VCU Arts e-League Newsletter -
Carolyn Henne is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at VCUarts. She exhibits her work in many venues in Virginia as well as nationally and internationally. Her October 2004 show at the ADA Gallery in Richmond received positive critical reviews by Paul Ryan in ArtPapers and by X in Sculpture Magazine. In January 2006, Henne will exhibit in Berlin, Germany, at the KunstOffice Gallery.
X sent me, a while back, a pissed-off e-mail about this post so now I'm excited to maybe submit an FOIA request to VCU and compare all of his positive VCU reviews of the last three years with how much he has been paid by VCU for his various visiting artist gigs within that same period.
X on Relativity for NYArts Magazine
X on Katharina Grosse for NYArts Magazine
X on Collaborative Concepts for NYTimes
X on Carolyn Henne at ADA for Sculpture Magazine - no link yet, but I will scan it later.
Write a review, get a teaching gig, write a review, get a teaching gig, write a review... what's wrong with that? I am paraphrasing X's e-mail to me because he told me I can't publish it. I wrote back that he wasn't much of a reviewer. He wrote back "lose my e-mail". He e-mailed me first! Anyways X, please don't e-mail me either, you can leave a comment if you want.
How dare I question his critical integrity!!!
Funniest Funniest Saddest Thing - I heard on Friday that Joe Seipel was going around the galleries with a NYTimes art critic, my friend said she heard it was because the critic was meeting all these Richmonders in Miami at Art Basel and wanted to come here and see what all the Richmond fuss was about. It was, I'm told, X!!!! Joe Seipel is the Senior Associate DEAN of the VCU School of the Arts! UPDATE 3:20pm: An anonymous commenter thinks the visitor with Joe Seipel might have been Stephen Rockwell, painter and publisher of Dart magazine, based out of Toronto.
Is Stephen also doing a paid visiting artist gig or lecture while he is here?
Hey, University of Richmond readers, do you think Siepel took the NYTimes/Dart guy to any of your shows?
I’m also looking forward to seeing what the hell Richmond shows Dinah and Paul Ryan will be covering for Art Papers, now that Paul has had his show at Reynolds Gallery and joined the VCU faculty. Paul has had Morris Yarowsky's old job since the start of the Fall semester.
Recent Richmond in Art Papers -
Jan/Feb 2006 - VCU faculty member Stephen Vitiello at VCU's Solvent Space - Dinah Ryan
Nov/Dec 2005 - 4 VCU faculty members, curated by VCU faculty member, in Relativity at VCU's Anderson Gallery - Dinah Ryan
Sep/Oct 2oo5 - Katharina Grosse at VCU's Solvent Space - Paul Ryan
From Art Papers website stating editorial guidelines -
a) The editors will not consider submissions in which a writer: writes about his/her work, the work of someone with whom the writer has a personal relationship, the work of someone with whom the writer has a financial relationship, any gallery that represents his/her work, any relative, any gallery institutionally related to the organization employing the writer or a colleague in the institution employing the writer.
Holy Shit! This might be the end of Richmond in Art Papers! I am so curious about what they will have in the March/April issue!
I'm planning a kick-ass sequel to Meatballs at Stuffy's, I'll be sure to let you guys know.
RELATED: my Carolyn Henne post, not mentioned in the above excerpted newsletter along with the other two reviews. Also - me on Relativity here and here, on Paul Ryan here and here, on Stepen Vitiello here.
Fellow VCU faculty member and Reynolds Gallery artist Ron Johnson on VCU/Reynolds colleague Paul Ryan for NYArts Magazine.
SPECIAL PLEA to Critics - Please please feel welcome to visit Richmond and see art here and write about it. VCU puts on some very good shows but these reviews by VCU employees or wannabe employees mean NOTHING. It trivializes everybody's hard work.