Issue

2.23 / Best Of: Year Two

August 18 2011

Introduction

August 18, 2011. We've reached the end of our second year of issue production, and in honor of the occasion, have asked some of our writers to reflect on the events of the past twelve months. Art Practical’s mission is to create a historical record of contemporary artistic practices and to foster artistic production through critical writing and public programming. We participate in a continuous spectrum of activity, conversation, and critique as part of the everyday lives of artists, curators, viewers, and readers. But we are also the recorders of that activity, thus giving conversation a form; thoughts and gestures become tangible as reviews, interviews, and features. The undifferentiated events of the everyday become tagged, categorized, contextualized—they are written. As Catherine McChrystal notes in this issue’s “Best Of Year Two: Editors Choice,” Art Practical functions within a continual process by which we convert experience to form and reinsert it back into experience as dialogue while also appropriating it as history. Enjoy—PM

Features

The Second Year

The Second Year

By Patricia Maloney

That slight gesture, the title’s resistance to fitting into the format with which the rest of each issue so neatly complies, is important; it signals that what we produce and how we represent it are somewhat at odds with each other, although purposefully so.

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Best Of: Zachary Royer Scholz

Best Of: Zachary Royer Scholz

By Zachary Royer Scholz

I still vividly remember visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s sprawling 2002 Eva Hesse retrospective—the work was that evocative, organic, elegant, and startling. The Berkeley Art Museum’s recent Studiowork exhibition was no less impressive, though much less grand. 

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Best Of: Laura Cassidy

Best Of: Laura Cassidy

By Laura Cassidy

Beyond the politics of place though, Presidio Habitats also brings a refreshingly post-humanist perspective to Bay Area visual culture, distinguishing itself by addressing resident animals as “clients” whose needs are on par with humans’.

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Best Of: Christian L. Frock

Best Of: Christian L. Frock

By Christian L. Frock

From street interventions to online petitions to public demonstrations to viral media to sanguine intellectual essays, the world never stopped voicing their opinions.

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Best Of: Glen Helfand

Best Of: Glen Helfand

By Glen Helfand

The transparency impulse may not have worked well in the White House, but here, it had the very real effect of generating a sense of inclusion, as if the writing was a gift to all involved. I left the auditorium with an urgent, very tangible desire to write.

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Best Of: Spencer Young

Best Of: Spencer Young

By Spencer Young

A word of warning to others with a penchant for rarefied objects: the exotic origins and seductive images of these easy-to-fetishize titles can lead you toward obsession.

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Best Of: Bean Gilsdorf

Best Of: Bean Gilsdorf

By Bean Gilsdorf

The words “keynote conference lecture” rarely send chills down the spine of even the art geekiest among us. Yet Glenn Adamson's keynote lecture at the Craft Forward symposium, entitled "The Invention of Craft," brought his continually evolving theories into the year 2011 with confidence and verve.

 

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Best Of: Matthew Harrison Tedford

Best Of: Matthew Harrison Tedford

By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Though there is a common perception that San Francisco is small and insular, the reality is that it is a transnational and international hub with a constant influx of new people.

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Best Of: Leigh Markopoulos

Best Of: Leigh Markopoulos

By Leigh Markopoulos

I don’t have a Kindle, and I don’t want one. I love books. Not surprisingly, therefore, two of my most inspiring experiences of the past year relate to mass book appreciation sessions in San Francisco and in New York City.

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Year Two in Review: Editors Choice

Year Two in Review: Editors Choice

By Art Practical Editors

In exercising Art Practical’s mission, our writers always work within that dialectic, and our editors work with them to negotiate the space between their personal experience and interaction with readers. It’s our hope to bring you, the reader, into the dialogue that connects and reconnects art with everyday life, enabling eachissue of Art Practical to briefly make these moments one and same, again and again.

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