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Wednesday 12.12.07

« Art Positions and the Aqua Fairs, Miami 2007 | Main | NADA and Scope Fairs 2007 »

It had to be done

Tyler Green has pointed out a great charitable giving vehicle that funds art projects in schools, check it out. Portland's art programs are woefully underfunded so here is an opportunity for our teachers. PORT generally avoids posts on charities but here are some of the worthy Portland projects you can help fund.

Art Critical has a nice look at the Miami fairs including the two I never got around to seeing, Art Miami and Pulse. Art Miami looks like a serious contender for ABMB's top spot.

Artblog.net takes a look at how the fairs have effected the indigenous art scene in Miami... reminds me of the Sundance film festival and how it turns Park City a bit upside down.

DK Row continues to expound upon his seriously flawed understanding of non profits and Portland's current situation and this time out he's heckling Gallery Homeland. In a city where arts patronage is underdeveloped it takes an armada of small scrappy, completely underfunded institutions to lay the difficult groundwork for better patronage. It isn't about the money stupid, it's making headway in the education department. Spaces don't educate, personalities dont educate, fundraising tallies dont educate... the only thing that educates is doing good shows for over 3 years (which is the minimum amount of time it takes to develop a true track record). So with all due respect, give Gallery Homeland a break from the hackneyed misdirected analysis and pay attention to the critical worth of their efforts, that is the measure that matters (and part of why Row's coverage is hurting the development of a better patronage base).

Also, Row's desire for one institution to be "the place" is totally misguided and too convenient. Portland is too busy an art city to have one central hub, you only get that in smaller scenes or when giant city governments undertake something like Yerba Buena. Portland's government and patrons just aren't there yet, it's still in the hands of scrappy individuals and volunteers. It's actually a good thing and more interesting than having everyone suck up to 5-10 extremely wealthy patrons with dubious taste. It's actually a magic moment of art organization experimentation in Portland. David, your fundamental assumptions are seriously flawed, smaller more specialized institutions dont seek to dominate, this isnt sports (want to duke it out in a game of ping pong, tennis or dodgeball, Ill whup yer ass there too). Personally, I'd rather see 10 150k a year art organizations than one stale bureaucracy with a budget of 1.5 million... so to that end I suggest everyone go out and see what Paul and Gallery Homeland can do at their opening on Dec 14.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on December 12, 2007 at 10:43 | Comments (2)


Here! Here!

Posted by: Kristan Kennedy [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2007 01:56 PM


This bullshit has reached its limit, if Row wants better arts funding give Portland relevant coverage that doesnt make every intelligent reader think, hmmm bullshit analysis = bullshit art. Fact is Portland has grown up, will the O?

Any day, any time... Ill debate this. It isn't a competition, it's simply a struggle for survival in a pioneering situation (completely understandable)... and everyone, even the museum knows a lot of education is the key to building a better patron base here. So is the O part of that eductaion or are they just tabloid fodder trying to create drama that has the effect of negative campaigning (ie shrinking the # of people that get involved?)

serious charges, yes... but if the shoe fits...

Posted by: Double J [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2007 02:35 PM

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