I recently came across MW Capacity, Chris Lowrance and Sam King’s “painter blog for no-coasters,” and if youâ€™re not already among its readers I encourage you to start checking it out on a regular basis.
MW Capacity focuses on painting in the Midwest, and I love their approach: lots of images, very brief write-ups on the artists (and sometimes none at all, just pictures) and thatâ€™s it. The blogs’ readers take over from there in the comments, resulting in an online version of group crit thatâ€™s surprisingly respectful and considered given our tendency on the internet to let the s*&t fly first and think about it later.
Today MW Capacity posted on Angelina Gualdoniâ€™s new work at Kavi Gupta (and have also covered her in the past, with a relatively large number of comments on the work in response). They also had an interesting group discussion on Jim Lutes. But no gang rapes allowed: the blogâ€™s policy is to take down posts if an artist doesnâ€™t want to be there. It seems to be a pretty friendly and laid back atmosphere, so I imagine having oneâ€™s work featured would be something to feel excited about, not fear.