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Picasso and Modern British Art, Tate Britain

From the excellent Tate channel, a short video about their new exhibition, showing works by Picasso and British artists who were influenced by him. I agree with The Guardian review, which said that the British artists come off very badly by the comparison. But that aside, there is a lot of good art in the show -- and then there is brilliant art by Picasso.
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Review of show of giant woodcuts
The Co-Prosperity Sphere is a community-based organization and exhibition space on Chicago's south side. For a few weeks, until February 16th, it's showing work by painter and printmaker Watie...
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Review of an exhibition of work by Chinese art students
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Artist Mary Ellen Croteau is showing these columns made from recycled plastic cartons and lids in the window of the Columbia College bookstore on Michigan Avenue. They are a playful homage to Brancusi...
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Meditations on Art

My series of 100 short talks on art, now standing at number 93, has just surpassed 70,000 views on You Tube.
A series of 100 short talks on works of art.
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On my goals for 2011, and how that all turned out

It's the first day of the new year, 2012, and I spent the first part of it taking a walk on the shoreline of Vilano Beach, Florida, with the fog rising off the Atlantic Ocean and all kinds of birds swooping and circling above the waves. Technically, I spent the first minutes of 2012 standing on the balcony of our rented house, a glass of wine in my hand, watching some fireworks scattering in the air a mile away. On my morning walk, I took that picture above of a starfish, and I am trying to think of a way to make it an emblem of a new year. Maybe this creature, like a star, lights up the way forward in the darkness of night, leading us towards an unknown and yet promising future.

Hmm. In the first blog post of a new year, it's the custom to look back as well as forward, so I've retrieved my post from a year ago, reviewing the completed and unfinished goals from 2010. The link is here:

http://philiphartiganpraeterita.blogspot.com/2011/01/on-goals-i-set-myself-in-2010-and-how.html

And the list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2011 was as follows:

* Get the mailing list up to at least 200 useful names (I find this the hardest thing to do, probably given that I haven’t really made sellable work for a while).
* Get 500 postcards printed and sent out to the museums, galleries, art consultants and potential buyers on my mailing list.
* Start sending out a newsletter.
* Take a class at Columbia College Chicago (I get a discount as an adjunct faculty member).
* Obtain at least one more public art project.
* Meet a Chicago museum curator.
* Get at least one gallery and one art consultant to handle my new work.
* Create a printed and online PR book about me and my work.
* And by the end of 2012, earn all of my (very very small) income from art and art-related activity.

I've only done one of those things, shockingly: obtain another public art project. And it was a good one -- the Envision 365 grant from the City of Urbana. I think one reason that I didn't tick more of them from the list is that they are things I could do in a day (like the online PR kit), and of course I just kept postponing that day until the year ran out.

On the other hand, there are things I achieved in 2011 that were not even on that list, and which are a good substitute for the list unachieved. For example:

* Obtained more teaching gigs, which puts me on the road to the last item above (earning all of my income from art related activity).
* Starting to post regularly for Hyperallergic.com (and by the way, they pay for each post).
* Meeting and interviewing even more artists.
* Completing The Lucerne Project and discovering the possibility of future collaborations and residencies.
* Being invited to be one of the earliest users of G+.

The last one was totally unexpected. It didn't even exist until June or July, and like many people, I liked the idea of it but didn't get the point of it at first. But in just six months it has transformed how I use social media, put me in touch with lots of very interesting artists who I intend to meet in real life, and opened up a way for me to completely change how I blog. Oh, and indirectly it led to my already being offered a show at Art on Armitage, a cool non-commercial gallery in west Chicago, in August 2012.

My aims for 2012, therefore:

* Complete the 2011 list!
* Get another public art project/grant.
* Use the G+ Hangout feature more.
* Gradually make G+ my main blogging platform.
* Obtain a residency for one month or more.
* Start going out again to Chicago art openings (mainly for Hyperallergic, partly for my own ends).

* Go deeper into the 'personal narrative' aspect of my recent studio work.* Work on an 'Artists of Praeterita' group show.

Fingers crossed. Ready? Then I'll begin.
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7,000 views

I've been making these short talks on artists for nearly two years, and the one I recorded about Bill Viola has just surpassed 7,000 views. Nothing compared to videos of kittens falling asleep, of course, but notable in my own tiny corner of the You Tube-iverse.
Number 31 in a weekly series of 2 minute Meditations on single works of art by UK-born, Chicago-based artist Philip Hartigan.
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Review of Chicago show
That's the title of a show that Patty and I went to see last Friday night, at a gallery a few blocks from our Chicago apartment. The venue is the Avram Eisen Gallery, owned and run by a friend of ...
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Hartigan @ Hyperallergic

My latest post on +Hyperallergic discusses an exhibition of Chicago art, past and present, at the new and expanded De Paul University Art Museum.
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Public art project

I am doing a public art project for the City of Urbana, Illinois, called 'In Urbana, I ...".

It's a simple idea, as shown in the attached photos that I took when I was in Urbana on Friday and Saturday. I ask people to complete the phrase "In Urbana, I ..." by writing their response on a whiteboard. I take a picture of them holding the whiteboard. The next participant erases the previous phrase, and writes their own.

That's part 1. Part 2 will be when I print all the pictures in a book, and display them in the Urbana Free Library, a handsome classical-style building from 1918, in a few months' time. All the participants will be invited to the reception, to see their own picture, and to read all the ways in which other people completed the phrase. Even if it's just for a few seconds, the aim is that people in Urbana will see their town a little differently. Maybe it will confirm some things for them, and maybe it will surprise them.

The best part for me has been getting out of the studio, and working directly with people on the street. I've had some great conversations with people, and made contacts that I think will last beyond the project's completion. Just yesterday, when I was stationed in the lobby of the library for four hours, I ended up having a long conversation with a man from Libya, who gave me first hand accounts of the recent events there, talked about his life in the USA, and wrote a phrase on Arabic on the whiteboard. He also persuaded other people to write something in their language, which is how I got a phrase in Russian and phrase in Urdu.
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Meditation on Ana Mendieta

I found after writing a piece on this artist for +Hyperallergic that I still had her work on my mind. This is what I had to say about her ...

PS: Thanks to everyone who added +Praeterita to their Circles. I wish you all a great New Year celebration, however you do that. I look forward to more discussion in 2012.
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