While I was running the excellent panel discussion or so-called, "Art Wake," at the Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea, Sunday night, it occurred to me that we were there on behalf of the ARTBLAHG – not in attendance – of Philadelphia and explaining their manifesto to several New York artists! So, Kudos to those guys at AB, whoever they are! I suggest you change the name to ARTBLAG, which is easier to say and utilizes the concise British term, blag, which refers to making yourself appear more important than you are. I don't say this to be critical; believe me, an artist needs to be able to blag at a moment's notice. I learned that when living in London. See, that is a "blag," right there; a namedropping of yourself.
You'll be glad to know it went well and I don't get the opportunity to do that sort of thing often, so thanks. To sum it up, we gave a bit of back story about our feuding art blogs scenario in this fair city of BL while also discussing the manipulations within the contemporary art market. We are by our nature, outsiders, so our panel was a coup of sorts and we know how to discuss disenfranchisement in detail. I think we even impressed some insiders!
There may be another of these discussions planned for Philly and I hope I can again be moderator. It's a buzz. What I would like to focus on is forming a loose consortium which will focus on showing the best contemporary art from this city. To do this we need to stop squabbling and come up with a real strategy which benefits our burgeoning artist community and our few "with it" galleries that barely tick over. I'll be glad to furnish the working definition of "contemporary" because I have a concise one. This is the first hurdle.