Documenters Flip the Free Radical Script

Live/Work 42’s window by Tori Pelz Tonight marks  Avenue for the Arts’ 10th annual Free Radical event in which storefronts and apartments in downtown Grand Rapids turn into pop-up art galleries. In an interesting new twist to this tried and true event, the role of a documenter has been added to the ranks of the … Continue reading

Challenging the Artworld 2% Part 2: Why I no longer think Art Critics are Creeps

I’ll admit that I found something perverse about art critics.  How can an individual who has never made art, earn his livelihood by offering opinions about the handiwork of artists, or the decisions of  curators? I attributed their lack of qualification to a disregard for art in general, and artists in particular.  Several recent experiences … Continue reading


by Emma Higgins Last Saturday night, Grand Rapids-based Con Artist Crew hosted “Lights Out” a lazers and music installation. After my previously harsh judgement of the Crew’s “We own the night” show in which they employed a gigantic androgynous female to stare down guests as they arrived,  I thought it would be fair for me … Continue reading

Please Resist Ruining The Rothko

I write about the recent vandalism the Mark Rothko painting Black on Maroon (1958) with some ambivalence, [i]not because it isn’t worthy of consideration, but because I don’t want to give the perpetrator more attention.  However, the Rothko incident prompted me to consider questions, regarding agency, ownership, responsibility, originality, and the responsibility of museum staff. At around … Continue reading

My kid waxes poetic on ArtPrize

by Stacy Walsh Now that the buzz surrounding ArtPrize is winding down, I wanted to take a moment to share my reflections.  This year was my first ArtPrize, and taking my kids to look at art (especially now that one of them is talking/communicative) was a new experience as well. Knowing I may want to … Continue reading

Challenging the Artworld 2%: Reflecting on Jerry’s Saltz’ Assessment of the ArtPrize model, Part 1

Art critic Jerry Saltz’ ArtPrize speaker presentation on October 1, was very similar to the one he’d delivered at Expo Chicago on September 20th. He discussed his career and the path that eventually brought him to be an art critic, offered his advice to artists, threw in several good analogies, and included enough art history … Continue reading