Speculations on Digital Arts Media's Future(s)
We asked journalists, artists, and critics — from Washington Post and ArtSlant to MinnesotaPlaylist.com, Culturebot, Art in America, Glasstire, and more — to speculate: How will we be reading and writing about the arts ten years from now?
We asked a range of web-savvy writers, critics, artists and nonprofit advocates to enter the fray and speculate: How will we be reading and writing on the arts ten years from now? Sasha Anawalt, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism…
Norman Rockwell, The Art Critic, 1955, pixelated.
The Process is the Product
Jeremy Walker on the riddle of Duke Ellington's legacy in American culture and what it says about the place of jazz music in the national story and, more generally, the uneasy relationship of art and commerce.
Duke Ellington should have been America’s Composer Laureate, and his band should have been our national orchestra, with a hall of its own and a place in the nation’s cultural life in perpetuity. Judged on the depth and breadth of his achievements, his music shou…
Duke Ellington. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy New Delhi, reproduced under CC 2.0.
In Practice: Photographer David Goldes
Lightsey Darst begins a new series of interviews with artists: first up, photographer David Goldes on his work in the studio and in the classroom, the vagaries of time and ambition, and the importance of paying attention.
David Goldes is an artist and teacher based in Minneapolis. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim, McKnight, and Bush Foundations.…
David Goldes, Spiral Drawing, Pencil and Electricity, archival pigment print, 2013. All photos courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery and the artist.
A Love of Crime
Our Bookish columnist, Hans Weyandt, reads his way through a stack of genre-defying novels by Dennis Lehane, Josh Cook and Richard Price.
The official book categorizations we use have gone haywire. I remember the very moment I had that realization: I was looking up a specific title and found it listed in fiction, subcategories historical fiction and bildungsroman.…
Detail from the jacket art for The Whites, by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt. Courtesy of Henry Holt & Co.
The Urban Sketcher
Nate Patrin's sprawling conversation with alt comics veteran, Ken Avidor, ranges from '70s underground comix boom to Robert Moses to the confluence of Twin Cities comics and bike cultures.
Outside Minnesota, Ken Avidor is one of comics' most underrated artists to have come of age under the influence of the underground comix boom of the '60s and '70s: a veteran of alt-cult…
Ken Avidor, Bicyclopolis street scene. All images courtesy of the artist.
What's So Funny? - With Chris Knutson
Best known for his work in the comedy music duo, Valley Meadows, Chris Knutson talks shop with Levi Weinhagen about the daily grind of being a stand-up.
About this month's featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:…
Chris Knutson, one half of the comedy musical duo Valley Meadows. Photo courtesy of the artist's website.
A Beautiful Campaign
With a foot squarely planted in the aesthetic traditions of minimalist art, Gregory Fitz uses humble materials to make spare, stark works subtly imbued with concern about climate change and runaway consumption.
Working with simple materials like home insulation, cedar board, acrylic and spray paint, Gregory Fitz makes spare and stark images with the potential to stir a sense of citizenship.…
Gregory Fitz, from the series Aurora Borealis, acrylic on aluminum-faced rigid foam board, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.