Dan Graham 1942-2022

Artist Dan Graham died yesterday.
There’s a really excellent interview with him from 2009 here: bordercrossingsmag.com/article/dan-graham-mirror-complexities
Love the part about Nauman and Andre thinking materials for their pieces could be returned to the store. And humour in LeWitt. And the story of the three versions of Homes in America, the work that launched his career, the first one without the pictures! (pictures of the spreads below)
Graham was hard to get. There was nobody like him. His work was difficult (the mirror pieces in particular). It stood outside of trends, styles or movements. He was a contrarian, a contrarian’s contrarian maybe.
That he loved magazines, architecture, rock and roll and writing and let those loves inform his work was part of the great “opening up” that was the 60s and 70s, creating many avenues for the artists who followed.
Dan Graham March 31, 1942 – February 19, 2022 Sadly missed.
First posted on Instagram, @sketch_finish

Resolutions anyone?

Those who know me know I like to make resolutions, practical ones I know I am actually going to achieve, like buy a new car.

As you may recall, two years ago, in December 2019, I circulated a poll to help me resolve what should be the tenor of my upcoming year.

I thought I should be more positive. And then the Covid thing happened. I did not even think to do a poll in 2020 for 2021. (Discouraged? I guess!)

…anyway, I’ve created a new poll, below, a little less about me. Can we choose how we want to be in the world? How would you like to be in 2022?

A theme for your 2022
  • A year of being unsure whether to put others before yourself 100%, 1 vote
    1 vote 100%
    1 vote - 100% of all votes
  • A year of thinking of others 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • A year of thinking only of yourself 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Another year of trying to sort out who exactly is an 'other' 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • A year of expunging the word 'other' from your vocabulary because it is a remnant of oppressive binary thinking 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 1
January 22, 2022 - February 14, 2022
Voting is closed

Thank you for voting. You can change your mind and your vote. Poll closes Valentine's Day 🙂

But of course all this is just a pretext to say “Best wishes to you and yours for the new year ahead!”

P.S. My positivity goals for 2020 did not really work out. I did write a little media criticism, and posted some things to Medium until I realized all that’s about is them making money from others’ unpaid labour. Anyway, I ended off the 2019 post by giving Mr. Talking Head a boost: they are still talking, to whom one wonders, but still: https://reasonstobecheerful.world