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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Look for this logo in the courtyard of the Aqua Hotel in Miami on Thursday, December 2, 5:00-7:00 pm.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Save the Date: Thursday, Dec. 2, in Miami

No panel discussion from Art Bloggers@ this year, just a friendly meet and greet at Aqua Art, which is back in its fabulous location in the Aqua Hotel on Collins at 15th Street.
Who Art bloggers, art blogger fans, art blogger friends
When Thursday evening, December 2, from 5:00-7:00 pm
Where The courtyard. We'll have a sign
Why Ya gotta ask?
Free Pass Click here for a pass to get you into the fair and to our get together

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bloggers @ (le) Poisson Rouge

Edina Tokodi, Brooklyn 2009.

Artlog Live kicks off Armory Arts Week 7-10 pm tonight with a meetup/networking thing for art writers, bloggers and other art world hoi polloi at (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker St. Check out the installation by Hungarian born, New York based green/street/installation Edina Tokodi, a collaboration between LPR and Wooster Collective and enjoy free rum drinks. I'm teaching tonight, so I won't be able to join the group, but have one of those rum drinks on me.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New York BLOG THIS! Blogging the contemporary arts, a panel discussion

Art Bloggers @ highly recommends this panel discussion organized by ArtTable. It's free and open to the public, so make sure to RSVP. Here's the press release:

Blogs about contemporary arts and the art world play an increasingly important role by providing multiple viewpoints, information and commentaries about the art market, the gallery scene, artists and their work on a daily basis. As the number of printed newspaper and culture journals decreases, some blogs are becoming a source for substantial art journalism and art criticism. By pairing the 5-most read, and hotly debated, bloggers of New York City, we want to touch on a topic that is timely and relevant, and offer a dynamic and lively conversation at the X-Initiative.

We have curated the panel to incorporate a wide spectrum of practicing bloggers: from art news to art education, from the perspective of the art market including both the point of view of an artist and a gallerist, and those who are taking the online art world to a whole new-networked level.

X Initiative
548 West 22nd Street
New York NY 10011

WHEN Friday, January 15, 6:30 pm
Please note that the Gallery is open 12 - 6 pm so arrive early if you want to view the final phase of exhibitions at X.

Seating is limited

Moderator: Robin White

Barry Hoggard, Bloggy, ArtCat, Culture Pundits: blogger, collector, entrepreneur
Paddy Johnson
, Art Fag City: news and opinion blogger, writer

William Powhida
: artist, blogger

Kelly Shindler
, Art21: educational blogger

Edward Winkleman
: gallery owner, blogger

About the Panelists:
Barry Hoggard writes about art and politics on He is the editor, along with James Wagner, of the arts calendar ArtCat, and proprietor of, a curated network of today’s leading cultural websites and blogs. He recently began publishing Idiom, an online publication of urban artistic practice. He is also a software developer.

Paddy Johnson aka ArtFagCity blogger, has been published in, Art in America, FlashArt, Print Magazine, Time Out NY, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and many others. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet and in 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.

William Powhida’s blog has covered controversial topics including creating an "enemies" list as well as letters addressed to famous contemporary curators, collectors and critics, requesting recognition. According to Wikipedia as an artist he constructs work deliberately about growing his own fame, addressing the major obstacles facing emerging contemporary artists.

Kelly Shindler, Art 21 Blog Founder and Editor, has worked at Art21 since 2003, where she is presently Director of Special Projects. She is also a curator and writer, as well as a dual Master’s candidate in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism/Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Edward Winkleman is an art dealer and a blogger. He started his eponymous blog about the art world and politics in 2005 and is a contributing editor to the international blog Art World Salon. He began his career in the art world with a series of guerilla-style exhibitions organized in New York and London under the name 'hit & run'. In 2001 he co-founded the Plus Ultra Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Moving into Manhattan's art district Chelsea in 2006, he changed the name of the gallery to Winkleman Gallery.

About the organizers:
Robin White Owen is a principal at MediaCombo, an award winning multimedia production company that specializes in working with culture, science and environmental organizations. As a blogger, she writes about culture, social media and multimedia in and out of the gallery and museum. Robin has worked on productions for the The Jewish Museum, and the British Museum, in addition to working with VIART, View Magazine, and ArtForum.

Heather Darcy Bhandari is the director of artist relations at Mixed Greens. Since joining the gallery in 2000, she has curated over forty-five exhibitions while managing and advising a roster of nearly two-dozen artists. She curates independent shows, sits on the board of NURTUREart, and co-authored the professional development guide for artists, ART/WORK, published by Simon and Schuster in 2009. Heather majored in visual arts and anthropology at Brown University and received an MFA in painting from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Mixed Greens, she worked at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin in New York City.

Lauren Pearson is a contemporary art historian and is currently Assistant Director at ArtCycle, a contemporary art consignment gallery. She recently received her Master's degree in contemporary art and cultural theory from the University College London, UK. Her thesis was titled, "The Spectacular is the Obvious: Negotiating Place in Postcolonial, War-torn and Embodied Geographies" and explored notions of contemporary art and geography. She received her undergraduate degree in art history from New York University in 2001, and has worked for the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Art, Milton Glaser Inc., Peter Halley Studio, and FRED [London/Leipzig], LLC. A native of San Francisco, she currently lives in New York City.
About X Initiative
X is a not-for-profit initiative of the global contemporary art community founded to exist for one year at 548 West 22nd Street to present exhibitions and programming. Advised by a 50+ advisory board comprised of artists, curators, museum professionals, gallerists, collectors, art historians and critics, X reaches across traditional boundaries to form a consortium interested in responding quickly to the major philosophical and economic shifts impacting culture. Questions posed in the form of programming address relevant and pressing issues pertaining to the changing landscape of contemporary art.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Report from Art Bloggers @ Art Miami

Panelists Hrag Vartanian, Sharon Butler, Thomas Hollingworth, Libby Rosof, Roberta Fallon, and Paddy Johnson. Moderator Joanne Mattera. Photos: Elena De La Ville

Hrag, Sharon, Thomas, Libby

Sharon, Thomas, Libby, Roberta, Paddy

Libby and Roberta

Submitted by Joanne Mattera---At the invitation of Art Miami, Art Bloggers @ convened a panel on Saturday, December 5. While the rain fell in buckets outside, popping loudly at times on the enormous tarp that covered the  roof, we stayed dry and audible in a specially constructed lecture room. Scheduled for 90 minutes the panel continued, with questions from the audience, for close to two hours.

Topic: Beyond Basic Blogging: Carving Our Niche in the Blogosphere
The premise of this panel, the third organized by Art Bloggers @, is that art bloggers have developed a greater sophistication in what we cover and how we cover it. We’re specializing—sharpening our focus, breaking stories, offering news and service features—and typically publishing more material, often faster, than conventional print publications. In an art world chronically short on coverage, we’re not just filling in the blanks, we’re breaking new ground. Panelists: Sharon Butler, 
Two Coats of Paint; Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof; The Artblog; Thomas Hollingworth, Art Lurker; Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City; Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic ; Joanne Mattera, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, moderator

What follows are highlights of the panel (or, what I could read of my notes):

Q: Did you carve your niche over time, or did you create your blog because you saw a niche you could fill?
• Fallon and Rosof started their Artblog in 2003 when there was, said Fallon, “a huge vacuum of art writing in Philadelphia.”  Products of the city’s “huge DIY culture,” the two artists said, “let’s do it ourselves.”  
Added Rosof, “We wanted to steer the discussion in Philly.” Their goal was to cover huge swaths of the art scene that were ignored by conventional print media: young artists, minorities, women. “We wanted to cover all the people who were underserved.”  
• Thomas Hollingworth originally conceived Art Lurker as as a personal portfolio. "It quickly
evolved to be a community forum when my efforts got the writing ball rolling in Miami,” he said.
• Sharon Butler saw Two Coats of Paint as a tool for “building a community among painters”  by posting reviews and links from a “curated selection” of articles from other publications.
• Hrag Vartanian recently launched the “blogazine” Hyperallergic while continuing to post to his eponymous blog. He sees Hyperallergic, for which he has a business plan and accepts ads,  as a platform for people to discuss what bothers them (tagline: Sensitive To Art and Its Discontents). The new venture offers another benefit, said Vartanian:  “I’m sick of having to write for other people.”
• Joanne Mattera: "When I started my blog in June 2006, I didn’t have a clue. But by that December, when I wrote about the art fairs in Miami, I knew what I wanted to do with the blog: report on the art I was seeing in New York and elsewhere. I’ve been doing that ever since.

Q: Have critics-turned-bloggers changed the quality of discourse in the blogosphere?  Has their participation in the more democratic arena of cyberspace change the relationship between critic and reader, or critic and artist? Has the discourse of largely unsalaried bloggers changed how paid critics are approaching criticism—in terms of subject matter or length—in print or online? How are bloggers continuing to push the envelope online, thereby changing what and how everyone writes? Not everyone responded to every part of this question. It’s also worth noting that just about everyone has written for print media. Here’s a sampling of what they said:
• Paddy Johnson: “[The accessibility] lets people bother you quicker.”  She also acknowledged that the same accessibility gives her faster access as well.
• Fallon: “Having critics blog expands the discussion.” In terms of length and content, she noted that writing for print requires a more conventional journalistic approach  (she is the critic for Philadelphia Weekly), while on a blog “you can write about what you want.“ She pointed out that when a publication operates in both mediums, “a truncated version often appears in print; the full version on line.”
• Rosof: Whether she’s writing for print or on line, Rosof focuses on what interests her, what she likes. “We don’t take much time writing about what’s bad.”
• Hollingsworth is writing for print and for his blog at the same time. “I was surprised at how much editing is done in print. For my blog it’s what I want to say, how I want to say it.” That said, his approach is “more of a magazine format,” and his mission in any medium is “to inspire writers to write, and galleries to up their game.”
• Butler: “The blogosphere has changed the whole landscape, flattened the hierarchy. As an artist you’re fairly powerless; in the blogosphere artists have the power not only to join the discussion but to lead it. And," she noted, “the tools of blogging are free and available to everyone.”
• Vartanian: “Critics bring their readership to the blogosphere.” 
We all acknowledged New York magazine Jerry Saltz in this regard. While he’s not a blogger, his posts on Facebook generate a huge number of responses, so that a simple declaration on his FB page quickly expands into a conversation with multiple voices. (And a good deal of sucking up, as several panelist noted.)

Q: Bloggers have always understood that the dividends for our efforts are rarely paid in cash, but this year creative art bloggers have explored different ways to make blogging more proititable.
• Fallon: “We’ve had ads for four years. They’re community kinds of ads [from local galleries, foundations and artists].” In the early format, said Fallon, the ads rotated so that each received the prime position at the top of the sidebar.
• Rosof: “When we switched from Blogger, we decided to fix the position and raise rates: more for ads that run at the top, less for the bottom. But if you add it all up, there’s not enough income to support the two of us, plus contributors and the techie crew. So, yes, we’re bringing in money, but it’s not enough. We’re thinking about going nonprofit.”
• Johnson: “I’ve been blogging since 2005. I’m a writer. One of the problems with running a blog is that it asks you to do things you’re not good at.” She’s referring, I think, to technical issues and recordkeeping. "Half the grant [she received  the first Warhol/Creative Capital grant for blogging, in 2008] paid off debts that I’d accumulated. The rest has allowed me to live. I will run out by Christmastime. If you want to invest time in a blog, you have to find time to make it work. I can’t run the blog without the support of my readership. But," she said, “I hate asking for money.” She‘s also looking into strategies for advertising.
• Hollingworth: “I didn’t start my blog to make money. It’s a blog, not a job.”
• Vartanian: “I’m sick of culture being a grant charity case.” He’s promoting Hyperallergic with his husband, who is an interactive marketer. “I want to see what people respond to. We’re also going to be doing things like events.”
• Butler: “I'm exploring on-demand publishing to produce an edition of Two Coats of Paint artists' books that will be available for sale on the blog.” The first book she published was one of her own artist books, but she wants to branch out. “Generosity is the code among art bloggers.”
• Mattera: “I’m thinking along the same lines as Sharon. I’ve published books conventionally, but with my blog’s visibility, I think self publishing is the way to go now.”

Question from  audience member Alexandra Greenawalt: “The biggest challenge for me is not the writing but the promotion. I find that print is not the most effective way to promote my blog. My grandparents are the ones who say, ‘I saw your work in the New York Times.'"
• Fallon: “With a blog, we know what our readers are interested in. It changes what we talk about.”
• Butler: “Go to popular blogs and leave good comments that inspire other readers to click on your link. The blogroll is where you link to other blogs, and they to you. Posting regularly is key to developing a following.”
• Rosof: “Postcards. When we moved the blog [from Blogspot to another platform] we put the information on a postcard and left them in the real world: galleries, art cafes.”
• Fallon: “Do you have a Facebook page?”
• Johnson: “I put most of my focus on the content. Professionals will find you if you are saying interesting things.”
 • Butler: Twitter is good for driving traffic to specific posts.

Question from audience member Jonathan Stevenson, author: “Will social networking overtake blogging?”
• Vartanian: “There’s no way to achieve [what we do on the blogs] on social networking. Social networking, is more likely to replace phone calls than blogs."
• Butler: “Blogs and social networking are complementary.” But social networking, she notes, is more likely to replace postcards and other printed announcements than replace blogs.

Question from audience member Mary Birmingham, curator at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey: “I’m a museum curator, and I find we’re getting more traction from bloggers than any other medium. What can we as institution do to work with you?”
• Butler: Museums need to have good websites. List all the artists who are in each show, link to their sites, include press releases and images of their work. Flash animation isn't helpful, but access to good information is extremely important.”
• Vartanian: “Museums could create a blog instead of sending email press releases.”
• Hollingworth: “Museum shows are not that interesting to review. I’m more interested in the corrolary things they do: workshops, seminars.”
• Mattera: "Have you considered an event that involves bloggers, perhaps as curators? By the way, museums need to abolish the no-photography ban."
• Rosof: “You have to figure out what we’ll cover and send info about those shows. We’re unlikely to go out of our way.”
Franklin Einspruch, from the audience: “Have you ever sent a press packet to a blogger? Nothing has yet replaced that physical package.”

With that last Q&A exchange, the formal program ended. Individual audience members and panelists stayed on to chat. Then, speaking for myself, I went on to lunch and to spend the rest of the afternoon perusing Art Miami.  


Thanks to Art Miami, Dan Schwartz of Susan Grant Lewin Associates, and Pamela Cohen, Perminak Consulting, for the invitation to panelize and for setting up the facility so well. Thanks, too, to Elena De La Ville for taking photographs.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beyond Basic Blogging: Carving Our Niche in the Blogosphere

Panel discussion @ Art Miami
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 11:00 to 2:00
The panel will take place from 11:30 to 1:00, with time afterward for art bloggers to continue the discussion in smaller groups.
Art Miami is in Wynwood, next to Scope, across the street from Photo Miami, just down the street from Red Dot.

Call it journalistic physics: With conventional print media in decline, art blogging has filled an unexpected niche. Armed with free or low-cost web hosting and a raft of photographs and videos from tiny cameras (sometimes even cell phones), art bloggers are posting reviews, reports, interviews, opinions, advice, links, and Tweets. No, we’re not The New York Times. And that’s precisely our power. In an art world chronically short on coverage, we’re covering events—often from an artist’s perspective—with a democratic and regional take on who, what and where. The best of the art bloggers have carved out identities with defined points of view, good writing, and you-are-there pictures."

Six panelists—Sharon Butler, Roberta Fallon, Thomas Hollingworth,  Paddy Johnson, Libby Rosof and Hrag Vartanian will talk about blogs—their own and others’—which have built a following by filling a specific need or point of view. Joanne Mattera will moderate. Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged.

About the Panelists:

Sharon Butler,
an artist and writer, maintains the art blog Two Coats of Paint and writes about arts and culture for The Brooklyn Rail and the New Haven Advocate. In July 2009, she started @ Bushwick & Main, an online photographic sketchbook that features iPhone notations from her wandering art practice.  Butler is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon started out making enormous sculptural installations out of concrete, but as they got older, they (sensibly) switched to making very small paintings and books out of paper. Everything they’ve made, large or small, has elements of autobiography because basically they think they’re really interesting. In April, 2003, they created the online journal “roberta fallon and libby rosof’s artblog,” twice recognized for excellence in Art in America. Both of them have taught, and they write essays and criticism off the blog. They also are big on the lecture circuit because they’re so much fun. Because nobody but their husbands and children can remember who is Roberta and who is Libby, in jest or perhaps in protest, they created the fictional character Liberta, who takes over the blog occasionally.

Thomas Hollingworth is a graduate of London Guildhall University who now lives and works in Miami. In addition to teaching and coordinating exhibitions on behalf of Miami Dade College he is the editor of Artlurker, a Miami based contemporary art blog that he founded in 2008. By documenting local, national and international cultural subjects and involving the local community for the local community Artlurker functions as both resource and a platform representative of the relative accessibility of Miami's art scene.

Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City is a writer who lives and works in Brooklyn. She has been published in, Art in America, FlashArt, Print Magazine, Time Out NY, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, artkrush, Art & Australia, Flavorpill, and linked to by such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University and the Whitney Independent Study Program. She attended the 2007 iCommons conference in Croatia as a blogger. In 2008, she became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy also writes a regular column on art for The L Magazine.

Joanne Mattera is a studio painter and occasional curator who maintains the Joanne Mattera Art Blog to record and share what she’s seeing in the New York galleries, at the art fairs, and in galleries and studios around the country.  Though the blog’s description is “Guaranteed Biased, Myopic, Incomplete and Journalistically Suspect,” she is in fact journalistically responsible (though, OK, she’s biased toward painting and sculpture).  She recently instituted Marketing Mondays, a weekly feature that helps emerging and midcareer artists navigate the art world.

Hrag Vartanian is a New York-based writer and critic. His work has appeared in the Art21 blog, the Brooklyn Rail , the New York Foundation for the Arts Current, Huffington Post and Modern Painters. He writes a street art column named Re:Public, which will soon be part of his latest project, hyperallergic (subtitled “sensitive to art and its discontents”).

Featured in Premiere Guide Miami
Noted in Art in America's 2009 Guide to the Miami Fairs

Monday, September 28, 2009

Book your flight, we're meeting in Miami

Art Bloggers@ has been invited to organize a panel discussion at Art Miami in December. We're calling the panel "Beyond Basic Blogging: Carving Our Niche in the Blogosphere," and we hope to discuss developments in art blogging from the past year.  Click here for more details.

Six panelists—Sharon Butler, Roberta Fallon, Thomas Hollingworth,  Paddy Johnson, Libby Rosof and Hrag Vartanian will talk about blogs—their own and others’—which have built a following by filling a specific need or point of view. Joanne Mattera will moderate. Audience participation in the discussion is encouraged.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 11:00 to 2:00. The panel will take place from 11:30 to 1:00, with time afterward for art bloggers to continue the discussion in smaller groups.
Location: To be announced. Art Miami is in Wynwood, next to Scope , across the street from Photo Miami, just down the street from Red Dot. Back in the day it was the only fair in town. Then Art Basel arrived. Hope to see you there.

Bloggers: Book your flight, your room, and arrange for press credentials as soon as possible. Here are links for info about the other fairs:
Red Dot Miami
Art Basel Miami Beach
Pulse Miami
Scope Art Show
Aqua Art Miami
Fountain Art Fair

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

March 7: Blogger Panel at Platform Project Space in New York City with Hrag Vartanian, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof

A recent announcement from Joanne Mattera:
Saturday, March 7, 2009, 5pm: Blogger panel at Platform Project Space in New York City with me (Joanne Mattera), Hrag Vartanian and the Fallon and Rosof Artblog duo, Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, Bill Gusky, blogmeister of Artblog Comments, and Brent Burket of Heart as Arena. I hope you'll all show up with comments and questions. We're still working out the panel parameters. The panel is scheduled for 90 minutes in the late afternoon, starting about around 5:00. (This will give everyone a chance to see the galleries or the Armory fair events earlier in the day.) The panel will follow the Thursday, March 5th, opening of Blogpix, a show at Platform curated by Vartanian, Rosoff, Fallon, and me that explores the theme of the Blogosphere, and by extension Cyberspace, and by further extension to the whole concept of ones and zeros. Olympia Lambert, the gallery administrator at Platform and its support venue, Denise Bibro Fine Art, is directing the whole thing. I'll have a whole Blogpix post on the curators and artists as we get closer to the date, but here's the 411: Hrag has selected Ben La Rocco; Roberta and Libby have selected Christopher Davison; and I have gotten glutinous in selecting four of my favorite painters: Steven Alexander, Sharon Butler, Reese Inman and Julie Karbenick. Olympia has set up a Twitter page, and I'll keep you posted here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Art-making, art-blogging, and world-making

I’ll be taking up residence at Pocket Utopia in Brooklyn, January 11-17. On Sunday, January 18, 4 pm, Austin Thomas and I are organizing a salon to discuss art-making, art-blogging, and world-making. Bloggers: Save the date, and please post it on your blogs.

Update: See Hrag Vartanian's images of the January 18 Pocket Utopia salon here. Read a short report about my Pocket U. residency and the salon at Two Coats of Paint. Look for a full report of the salon discussion in the February issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Fall gathering in New York City

Joanne and I are working on plans for a NYC art blogger gathering in November. Stay tuned for details.

Update: Sorry-- we had too much going on and couldn't get a blogger happening together.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The James Kalm Report

The James Kalm Report recorded the art blogger gathering at Red Dot on March 30. Part I introduces many of the NYC-centric bloggers at the pre-panel gathering, Part II is a casual panel discussion held in the hotel bar. Thanks James, for making the videos.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The official minutes for the ArtBloggers@RedDot panel (copied and pasted from Joanne Mattera Art Blog)

We were here:

The Red Dot Fair at the Park South Hotel, 128 E. 28th Street

And this was us:

That's you all in the audience. Panelists from left: Ed, Paddy, Carolina, Sharon, Carol and moi. Photo courtesy of Hrag Vartanian, whose blog post contains a link to a few Flickr images

Sharon Butler (in the blue shirt) and I (at far right) came up with the idea of bringing bloggers together in real time and space, typically at an art fair or event. Art Bloggers @ thus came into the world during the Miami art fairs, where a small group convened in the lobby of Flow Fair on Collins Avenue.

We had a bigger group in New York. Last Sunday, March 30, we met at the Red Dot Fair at the Park South Hotel. Some 40 or so bloggers showed up--some bleary-eyed, let it be said--as we started gathering in the lobby at 10:00 am. After an informal round table in one of the small conference rooms, we adjourned to the restaurant, which had been set up for a series of panels. Ours, "The Impact of Bloggers on the Art World," ran from 11:15 to 12:30 and could easily have gone on another hour.

I moderated a panel that consisted of Carol Diehl, painter, critic (Art in America), Artvent blog; C-Monster, aka Carolina Miranda, freelance writer; Edward Winkleman, gallerist, Edward Winkleman Blog; Paddy Johnson, freelance writer and blogger, Art Fag City; Sharon Butler, painter, writer (The Brooklyn Rail) and professor, Two Coats of Paint. I was the moderator.

I started by offering some blog statistics, which I've updated for this post. According to Blogpulse, the total number of identified blogs is 77,104,143. In the last 24 hours alone, there were 95,529 new blogs. That's 3980 an hour, 66 a minute, and just over one new blog a second. Even if one half of one percent of those blogs is related to art, that's several hundred thousand blogs--offering potentially or actually far more commentary about art than conventional print media could ever produce.

So my first questions to the panel was:
What is our responsibility personally to good writing and journalistic integrity in our own blogs and within the blogosphere in general?

Ed got to answer first, as he would leave early to go to his gallery's booth at Pulse. I don't have notes, since I was focused on moderating, but I do recall this part of his response: "My readers are my editors." If there's one difference between print media and the blogosphere (aside from the lack of salary in the latter) it's the instantaneousness of the medium. You can't pull one over or get away with shoddy reporting when your readers can call you on it. And they do.

The conversation drifted to ethics. Since the panel was composed of ethical people, no one seemed overly concerned about what they were or weren't doing. Carolina, the most journalistically bona fide of the group (she used to work at Time and was part of the team that helped expose inconsistencies in the resume of FEMA's Michael Brown) noted the importance of disclaimers when writing about a potential conflict of interest. (Disclaimer: I often disregard copyright to pull images from the Internet--but they're always in service to the related topic. )

We talked about stats--yes, we're all obsessed with them--and some technical stuff. There was some nice give and take with the audience, many of whom returned home almost immediately to blog about it (See posts below). The thing that struck me was how nice everyone was. As you know, the blogosphere is often marked by contentiousness (and more). Here, everyone was very friendly.

James Kalm recorded it all. We'll let you know if he posts a video.

We didn't get to the big questions-- Are we mainstream yet? Do we want to be? What is the future of art blogging?--but Sharon and I are planning something in New York in the fall, and of course in Miami in December, so the conversation will continue. We'll have the info on our respective blogs and on Art Bloggers @ in September.

Big props to George Billis, gallerist and founder of Red Dot Fair, for generously letting us convene. A partial list of attendees (thanks to Franklin for taking names) includes:

Chris Albert
Steven Alexander
Brent Burket
Franklin Einspruch
Aneta Glinkowska

Stephanie Lee Jackson (aka Pretty Lady)
Chris Jagers
James Kalm
Olympia Lambert
Megan and Murray
Andrew Robinson
Harry and Jennifer Swartz-Turfle
Hrag Vartanian

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Olympia Lambert adds one more thing on her recently retooled blog

"If you happened to catch me at the Red Dot 2008 Art Blogger symposium, I do have one thing to add that was not discussed with much fervor. With me you will never have me holding back on criticism. This is what I do. I am not here to rehash an artist's biography from a gallery, or spit back a reworded press release. I do not consider that to be writing, nor journalism, and my professors at Boston University's College of Communication would have handed my ass on a platter if I would have done so." Read more.

Daily Gusto notes the highlights

In a post about the panel discussion at Red Dot, Harry reveals that his "favorite part was bloggers recounting their favorite big-traffic headlines. Who can top How to preserve a chocolate Santa butt plug? I didn't get a chance to ask a question, but I would've asked: is there something innate in the medium that makes a successful blog unable to have thought-out critical writing? After all, it takes time to look and to think and to write this kind of material. Can meaningful ciriticsm be Twittered?" Read more.

Steven Alexander reports on ArtBloggers@RedDot

"Many topics were touched upon including the predictable technical aspects of the form, as well as more interesting questions of ethics. As the discussion evolved, it inevitably led to the issue of art criticism, and the relationship between criticism and blogging." Read more.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Who were all those people?

Thanks to Franklin Einspruch at for making a link list of the bloggers who stopped by the Red Dot panel: Hrag Vartanian, Chris Albert, Steven Alexander, Olympia Lambert, James Kalm, Chris Jagers, Megan and Murray, Andrew Robinson, Pretty Lady, Brent Burket, Harry and Jennifer Swartz-Turfle, Aneta Glinkowska and Kosuke Fujitaka . If you were there, too, but not included on the list, send me a note (twocoatsofpaint {at} and I'll add your blog.

Hrag Vartanian reports on ArtBloggers@RedDot

"I think it was worth it to wake up early Sunday morning and dash across town to hear fellow bloggers shoot the shit about the art blogosphere." Read more and see the slide show at Hrag's blog.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Art Bloggers @ Red Dot open thread

Thanks everyone for coming to the art blogger panel discussion. Feel free to post your own responses and comments to the panel discussion questions (we didn't get to all of them), either here, or post them on your own blogs and provide a link.

1.There's more art coverage on the blogs than in conventional publications. Some of the writing is good, hewing to journalistic standards, some is deplorable. What is our responsibility personally to good writing and journalistic integrity in our own blogs and within the blogosphere in general?

2. Among us on this panel, we're artists, gallerists, educators, lecturers, print journalists and bloggers--all of us multiple hat wearers accustomed to juggling our various hats. At what point do all these hats create a conflict of interest?

3. We're networking like crazy online, and often moving freely between the blogosphere and real time and space. The Blogger show, John Morris's recent organizational effort in New York, Pittsburgh and elsewhere, is a good example. This conference is another. Now, how do we manage the network and our time?

4. Big, open questions: Are we mainstream yet? Do we want to be? What is the future of art blogging?

In the audience, developers were interested in designing more useful interfaces for bloggers. I personally would like paragraph indenting (without manually inserting html), and Ed Winkleman mentioned better search capabilities and tags. Is there anything you would like to see included/changed in the blogging software?

A full report is forthcoming, but in the meantime we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed meeting everyone. We'll do it again in Miami in December, so stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Guide to New York fairs

Check out the helpful guide to the New York fairs provided by (via AFC)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Blogger press passes for Red Dot

Although general admission for Red Dot costs twelve bucks, Director George Billis has told Joanne and me that bloggers will be admitted to the panel discussion (details below) and the Fair for free if they present a printout of their most recent post. You can go to the other lectures on the program, too. Note that blogger Amy Wilson is participating in the 3:30 panel on art fairs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Blogger Panel Discussion planned at Red Dot Fair

Art Bloggers @ Red Dot, Sunday, March 30
10:30 to 12:15
Joanne Mattera and I have organized a panel discussion which will soon be included in the Red Dot programming schedule. If the bloggers who join us are anything like their keyboard personas, an interesting discussion should ensue.

Panel Topic: Bloggers and Their Impact in the Art World
There's now more art coverage in the blogosphere than in conventional publications. Do we handle this responsibility with conventional journalistic standards or something that's faster and looser as befits an instantaneous medium? How do we manage the formidable network that has developed around and because of us? Where do we go from here?

Edward Winkleman
• Carol Diehl, Art Vent
C-Monster (Who is she?)
• Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City
• Me (Sharon Butler), Two Coats of Paint
Joanne Mattera will moderate.

Red DotPark South Hotel
122 E. 28th Street, bet. Park & Lex
New York, NY
Look for the “Art Bloggers @ Red Dot” sign in the lobby to direct you to the conference room.
Leave a comment or send a note (twocoatsofpaint{at} to let us know you're coming, or just drop in. We're looking forward to a lively discussion with all the NYC area bloggers, as well as others in town for the Armory Fair. See you there!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Art Bloggers@ Red Dot

Art Bloggers@ will hold its next meeting in New York City to coincide with the Armory Fair and all the events surrounding it. George Billis, founder of the Red Dot Fair, is generously allowing Art Bloggers@ to meet in the conference room at Red Dot, on Sunday, March 30, from 10:00 to Noon. Red Dot will be held at the Park South Hotel, 122 E. 28th Street, between Park and Lexington. Look for the "Art Bloggers @ Red Dot" sign in the lobby to direct you to the room. There is no program planned, simply the opportunity for everyone to meet in person, in real time.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Art Bloggers@ The Armory Show and satellite fairs

The Armory Show is March 27-30 at Pier 94 in NYC. Our details for the art blogger gathering are sketchy so far, but we'll post info here as the plans develop. Get your press passes now.

Pier 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
Opening Day takes place Wednesday, March 26th for invited guests.
Opening Hours:
Thursday, March 27 - Saturday, March 29 Noon to 8 pm
Sunday, March 30 Noon to 7 pm
Press preview is Wednesday, March 26, 3-8pm.

Red Dot New York
Park South Hotel
122 E. 28th Street between Park and Lexington

Fair Hours
Thursday, March 27, 11am - 8pm
Friday, March 28, 11am - 8pm
Saturday, March 29, 11am - 8pm
Sunday, March 30, 11am - 7pm
Thursday night opening reception, 7pm - 9pm
Benefiting GMHC, ($75. donation)
Mailing List:


Art Now Fair
Hotel 30/30
30 E. 30th Street
New York, NY


Pulse New York
Pier 40
New York, NY
In Tribeca at Houston and the West Side Highway
VIP Brunch on Thursday


Scope New York
Damrosch Park
Lincoln Center
New York, NY


Bridge New York
The Waterfront
222 12th Avenue
New York, NY
Bridge is in the old Tunnel nightclub.

Report from Art Bloggers @ Miami Beach, 2007

We met on Friday, December 7, in the lobby of the Flow Fair on Collins Avenue. Our turnout was small but strong: Paddy Johnson from Art Fag City, Andrea Kirsh from the Fallon and Rosof Art Blog, and Amy Wilson from Working. Gallerist Nohra Haime sat in in the group as well. We discussed what we’d seen, then talked about our blogs and our own work (visual art, criticism, curating, teaching). We had bagels, coffee and fruit thanks to the spread Matt Garson provided (not for us specifically, for the Curator’s Brunch at Flow, but we partook). We’ll definitely meet again next year at the fair—and probably during Armory Time in New York in March, too. Stay tuned. (Special thanks to Matt for generously letting us convene at his venue.)

--Joanne Mattera


Links to blog coverage of the 2007 Miami fairs:
Joanne Mattera's Art Blog

Andrea Kirsch on Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's Artblog

Art Fag City (coverage begins on the December 5 post)

C-Monster (coverage starts on December 1 post)

Thinking About Art (make sure to see all four parts)

Fountain Blog

Fountain pics on Flicker

If you covered the fairs on your blog, please feel free to send the link to twocoatsofpaint (at) and we'll add you to the list.

Mainstream media coverage:

Art Newspaper
Globe and Mail Read Sarah Milroy's amusing account of her first trip to the fairs
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Regina Hackett reports on the Northwest galleries and more
Basel Blog at NY Magazine with Alexandra Peers
NYTimes Fashion & Style section
Flash Art

Here's a list of all the 2007 fairs in Miami, with contact information. Thanks to Edward Winkleman for the link.


We're already organizing Art Bloggers@Maimi Beach, 2008, so if you're at the fairs, we hope you'll plan on stopping by.

Location to be announced.

Friday, 10am-11am, maybe.

Look for our sign and buttons with the Art Blogger Miami Beach logo.


• Coffee and food might be provided. We'll see what we can come up with.

• Agenda? None, except to say hello and talk shop. Discussions are welcome.

• Do I have to RSVP? No, but you can e-mail one of us to let us know you're coming.

• Do I have to wear a name tag? You mean you want to be anonymous here, too?

• When should I make reservations? Now. Book your hotel and flight as soon as possible.

• Will you do this again in New York at Armory Fair time? Yes, the dates have not been arranged, but the fair is March 27-30, 2008.

• As we settle more details, nail down the location, and have more info to share, we'll post it on this blog, so add the address to your feeds list.

• What if I have additional questions? E-mail one of us. Sharon L. Butler /
Joanne Mattera /

See you in Miami in 2008.