I have no idea the mastermind behind the Covers & Citations blog but it’s pretty, well, as the young kids say (okay, young kids in the 1980s), RAD! I discovered it looking for Eve Babitz and Marcel Duchamp’s famous chess match photograph and found a bevy of art re-makes/mixes/interpretations. You get the idea. I’m sure there are tons of virtual spots on the internet where you can find such a catalog but this is an easy-to-view and search, minimalist presentation of some famous artworks and predecessors.
Why do I love collections and catalogs?
I love collections and catalogs because they show what’s been done and how it’s been re-done and re-contextualized. It’s far too easy to say art is derivative. Art stems from experiences. Experiences, from artist to artist, are singular and not like the other. In any case, Covers & Citations, whoever you are, thanks for doing this. You may have been around for ages and I just not know it but I’m glad I found you…
Some time last week, I watched the documentary, My Kid Could Paint That by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev. The documentary is definitely worth watching being that it forces the viewer to make up their own mind about the Modern Art movement. Pick it up and please feel free to tell me what you think. As the title of today’s posts states, my new art crush is Michael Kimmelman! He provides his insight and thoughts in the film and, well, you guessed it, those were my favorite parts of the film. Since then, I picked up a couple of his books (via Amazon) for dirt cheap and pretty excited!
- Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, The Modern, The Louvre and Elsewhere (Random House, 1998)
- The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (Penguin Press, 2005)
I’ll let you know what I think but from reading some excerpts, I’m in love with his writing style!! Of course, of course…white guy writing about art (typical) but I’m attached to Mr. Kimmelman’s ways. He doesn’t know this but he’s helping this POC/WOC* come up in the art world.
Damn, it would be great to meet him one day…
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*Person/People of Color, Women/Woman of Color – Just in case you were wondering…
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Oh, and, Josef, if you’re reading this…THANK YOU for telling me to watch the film. I’m sure I would have found MK’s work somehow researching all these art historians and critics BUT you helped me make it a speedy discovery. 🙂