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"So you want to be an art critic" or "How to talk about art and impress people"

by (K_to_the_ukla)

Submitted 10-01-2010 under OPINION

In case you haven’t noticed, ArtPrize is in full swing. It is the largest open international art competition in the world, essentially turning the city of Grand Rapids into an art gallery. With over 1,700 works of art on display, you can hardly...

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A Defense of Bad Art: For the Love of Schlock

by (mnaselli)

Submitted 09-29-2010 under OPINION

This is not an argument that comes easy for me, particularly given the current state of the top 25, but someone should make it. I don’t particularly like bad art, but it deserves a place at the table. And because we live in a democratic society,...

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Respectful and Sweet: Critical Questions from the Discussion with Tom Eccles

by (pwitt)

Submitted 09-29-2010 under OPINION

Last Friday, Sept. 25 at 5:15pm, ArtPrize hosted Tom Eccles in an informal discussion at Grid70, the new innovation lab space owned by Rockford Construction and inhabited by innovators from Meijer, Amway, Wolverine World Wide, and Steelcase. Mr....

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Value of Art

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 09-28-2010 under OPINION

I have been getting flak for being an elitist snob when I talk about the quality of work in ArtPrize. There seems to be some nebulous, unsupported idea that judging art is wrong floating about ArtPrize. Suspending judgement and embracing the idea...

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Thumbs down for not art

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 09-24-2010 under OPINION

During the first ArtPrize I chose to not use the down vote option, maybe it was a case of Midwest politeness, I thought it was sort of rude. This year, watching ArtPrize unfold again, I have decided to use the down vote option. I have decided to...

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All The Good Hours: Opening Night at Art Prize

by (austinlb)

Submitted 09-22-2010 under OPINION

I just spent three hours downtown, on an initial recon. Some early thoughts: They lucked out with the weather: it was a perfect night to jaywalk and loiter, warm enough for a single layer. Everybody you knew was out, and you had something to...

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ArtPrize 2010: Essays and Critique

by (George)

Submitted 09-21-2010 under OPINION

From The Rapidian staff: Yesterday afternoon, The Rapidian soft-launched our ArtPrize 2010 page. Here, you will be able to find all of The Rapidian coverage that relates to this year's ArtPrize competition. While regular readers of The Rapidian...

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Invisible Curators and Ready Partners

by (pwitt)

Submitted 09-21-2010 under OPINION

"As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure." - John Dewey “Art as Experience” 1934This quote by the American philosopher John Dewey calls upon us to recognize the inherently political nature of art:...

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ArtPrize: Whose vote counts most?

by (evanarragon)

Submitted 09-20-2010 under OPINION

Last September 27, I headed downtown with one question in my mind: “What will 100,000 paper airplanes look like?” The event was Rob Bliss’s ArtPrize entry: paper planes dropped from the six tallest buildings downtown to the strains of Sigur Ros’s...

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ArtPrize: Social networking that bleeds

by (csmit)

Submitted 09-20-2010 under OPINION

As we approach the second installment of ArtPrize, we should remember that we are entering an arena of realism, one quite different than the social networking atmosphere that ArtPrize can sometimes produce. I speak most definitively of ArtPrize...

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