Georgia O’Keeffe, Image via: Art MoCo
- Here’s a limited way to rank an art work’s historical importance: By the number of times it’s been reproduced in a textbook. The New York Times speaks to David Galenson, an economist at the University of Chicago (the birthplace of free market zealotry now ruining so many nations), who believes art history could benefit from quantification. He’s not the only one who thinks this; The National Bureau of Economic Research used these same methods last year to conclude that Cindy Sherman was the greatest woman artist of the twentieth century followed by Georgia O'Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Frida Kahlo. I would think some bias is revealed by the fact that three of the five top ranked female artists are American and dead. Regardless, the Guggenheim has given Galenson a grant to pursue his studies further. Hopefully, he’ll do a little research on why these lists aren’t always accurate as I expect that would improve his methods of quantification.
- Web responses to the Mattathias Schwartz’s The Trolls Amongst Us/Malwebolence have been really interesting. Interviewed trolls Jason Fortuny, and Weev both write in-depth posts on the articles, as well as the author Matthathias Schwartz who has provided additional commentary on Virginia Heffernan’s NYtimes blog, The Medium.
- Don’t miss Double Triple and Ryan Junell at MonkeyTown tonight! The collaborators screen their new video, “An Evening with Rthrtha” which has been described as a benevolent horror movie. Also screened will be Amy Finkel’s new stop motion video and Montgomery’s serene but controversial video for Stars Like Fleas (NC-17). The program begins around 6:30 and will run less than 20 minutes. It will be followed by Sounds of Brakhage at 8:30.
- The future is hard to hear, and yet I’m sorry it passed me by.