This week, guest host James Yood and Duncan interview Derek Guthrie, co-founder of the New Art Examiner for an illuminating history lesson.
New Art Examiner was a Chicago-based art magazine. Founded in October 1973 by Derek Guthrie and Jane Addams Allen, its final issue was dated May-June 2002.
At the time of the New Art Examiner ‘s launch, in October 1973, Chicago was “an art backwater.” Artists who wished to be taken seriously left Chicago for New York City, and apart from a few local phenomena, such as the Hairy Who, little attention was given to Chicago art and artists.
Called in Art in America “a stalwart of the Chicago scene,” the New Art Examiner was conceived to counter this bias and was almost the only art magazine to give any attention to Chicago and midwestern artists (Dialogue magazine, which covered midwestern art exclusively, was founded in Detroit in 1978, but it has also ceased publication). Editor Jane Allen, an art historian who studied under Harold Rosenberg at the University of Chicago, was influential in developing new writers who later became significant on the New York scene and encouraged a writing style that was lively, personal, and honestly critical.
Over the next three decades Chicago’s art scene flourished, with new museums, more art dealers, and increased art festivals, galleries, and alternative spaces. Critics asserted that the New Art Examiner “ignored, opposed or belittled” Chicago’s artistic developments, that it was overly politicized, overloaded with jargon, and did not serve the Chicago or midwest arts communities.
The critics and artists who wrote for the New Art Examiner, included Fred Camper, Jan Estep, Ann Wiens, Adam Green (cartoonist), Robert Storr, Carol Diehl, Jerry Saltz, Eleanor Heartney, Carol Squiers, Janet Koplos and Mark Staff Brandl.
This week the blogosphere unites! Duncan checks in with Paddy Johnson the author of the wildly popular New York art blog, Art Fag City.
Art Fag City is as relevant as Eric Fischl. New York art news, reviews and gossip.
Trivia of note. This week Duncan asks a question that shatters all prior records for length clocking in at a breathtaking 2:51!
Guinness will be sending people to confirm the record.
This week Pamela Fraser of He Said She Said joins Duncan in interrogating Meg Cranston about being cool, getting punched, smashing sculptures and the substance of air.
Meg Cranston (born 1960) is an artist who works in sculpture and painting as well as a writer. She has exhibited internationally since 1988. She received and M.F.A in Studio from California Institute of the Arts in 1986 and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology in 1982. She also attended the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands in 1988. She is on the Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a New School of Social Research Faculty Development Grant, an artist grant from the Penny McCall Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship,a faculty research grant from the Center for Asian American Studies at UCLA, Architectural Foundation of America, Art in Public Places Award, and a C.O.L.A. Individual Artist’s Grant from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs.
The Department of Cultural Affairs just opened a permanent venue at the Cultural Center, the Chicago Publishers Gallery. Kathryn Born attended the opening event and interviewed the who’s-who of the Chicago Publishing Scene. This week’s episode contains a staggering eight interviews in just one hour!
The show starts with Lois Weisberg revealing that she loves publishing more than visual arts. Then peppy interviews follow, including:
* Audrey Niffenegger, author of the national bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife and publisher of Little Bang
* Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks
* Marc Smith, Green Mill Poetry Slam
* Haki Madhubuti, Third World Press
* Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago (books) and Featherproof Books
* Donna Seaman, Booklist
* Annie Heckman, StepSister Press
The Chicago Publishers Gallery aims to be a comprehensive resource for anyone trying to get a grasp on the local publishing scene. The permanent collection showcases publications from over 100 Chicago-area publishers, which means you will find everything that falls under the category of locally distributed bound paper. The gallery presents zines, newspapers, comic books, literary and scholarly journals, children’s books, artists’ books and other experimental forms -â€“â€“ plus a computer with exquisitely organized bookmarks for every worthy local blog, online publication and publisher website.
This is the latest branch to sprout from the mighty Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs “Creative Industries Initiative.” Their fashion initiative begat Fashion Focus Chicago, a week-long Midwestern version of New York’s Fashion Week, and their culinary arts initiative spurred the creation of a professional training kitchen used in the “World Kitchen” series of cooking classes. Now all eyes are on publishing, and a city-sponsored equivalent to CAR (Chicago Artists Resource) is expected to follow.
Sorry for so much ambient noise! It got very loud, the place was packed.
First: Duncan talks to Chad Kouri of The Post Family collective about their new space and what they do.
Next: Duncan talks to Shannon Stratton and Elizabeth Chodos of Three Walls about their recent expansion and the six-year-old sensibility within.
Finally: Joanna Topor and Terri Griffith talk about a book. I can’t improve on Terri’s e-mail to me. “The book is called Can You Ever Forgive Me by, Lee Israel. She’s batshit. The book is great.”
Ta-Da! 164 weeks in a row, without fail, what in the hell is wrong with us?