Failure and Art

A presentation of “video and performance based artwork exploring aspects of failure” put on at Park Projects in March 2007. “Failure Ridiculous Terrible Wonderful” was mounted in conjunction with the book Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices published by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press . On their website (under Journal Press), you can purchase the book or read an introduction written, appropriately, too late for the publication deadline.

The Fable of Failure In Modern Art: An article written by professor Paul Barolsky in the Virginia Quarterly Review . It explores themes of the artist’s sense of self-doubt and anxiety and how it manifests itself in their work.

Cabinet Magazine, Issue 7- Failure: We heart Cabinet Magazine . One of their early issues, Issue Seven is a curated series of essays dealing with the theme of Failure. Scroll to the bottom part of the page and find links to many of the articles

Humor in Art

Eleanor Antin, from Art:21, Season 2, Humor: This episode focuses on different aspects of humor in art through discussions with Charles Atlas, Eleanor Antin, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Murray, and Walton Ford. You can watch much of the episode through lots of little segments on the site, otherwise you can buy the series or check it out of your local library. There is a little introductory bit by Margaret Cho. Art:21, Art in the 21st Century “uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions.”

“In Fitchburg a Marriage of Art and Humor”: A Boston Globe article about two Massachusettes artists, sculptor Ellen Wetmore and multi media artist Jeff Warmouth, who don’t hesitate to poke fun at the world around them, including subjects from the art world to lactation.

Lighten Up: Art with a Sense of Humor: The DeCordova Museum put on Lighten Up in 2001. “The 16 artists and artist Safety and You, by Jeff Smithteams in Lighten Up rely on a number of types of overt humor: satire, self-deprecation, visual and verbal puns, black humor, the unexpected, the bawdy, the irreverent, and the ridiculous….By using humor, the artists break down a viewer’s resistance perform an end-run around conscious critical (and often dismissive) faculties, and create a receptive emotional climate for the delivery of impassioned, provocative, or subversive messages.”

Contemporary Printmaking

The London Art Fair website: The “About Prints” section has succinct and clear answers to questions like “What is an original print?”, “Why buy prints?” as well as a quick history of print-making.

Original locate original prints, limited editions, and multiples.

Alan Cristea Gallery: is the largest publisher and distributor of prints in Europe

Damien Hirst’s silkscreen print Sceptic



Links from Dewitt Cheng’s “Fellow Feeling”

Report on Resistentialism by Paul Jennings was originally published in The Spectator in 1948. “Things are against us”

Giorgio de Chirico was an influential pre-Surrealist painter. De Chirico is best known for the paintings he produced between 1909 and 1919, his metaphysical period, which are memorable for the haunted, brooding moods evoked by their images. At the start of this period, his subjects were still cityscapes inspired by the bright daylight of Mediterranean cities, but gradually he turned his attention to studies of cluttered storerooms, sometimes inhabited by mannequin-like hybrid figures.