4.19 / From the Archives: The Glories of the Possible are Ours

July 2 2013


July 2, 2013. The essays, interviews, and reviews chosen for this issue, whose title comes from the 1866 Bayard Taylor poem The Picture of St. John, reflect a particular willingness to investigate art and praxis in an open manner. These keen and thoughtful writings, as well as the events and exhibitions on which they report, are not prescriptive in their opinions nor attitudes, nor do they attempt to be comprehensive.

Instead, some of these articles offer snapshots of the here and now. For example, Leigh Markopoulos explains the varied perspectives and attitudes presented at the recent Painting Expanded Symposium at California College of the Arts; Randall Miller questions the efficacy of violent images; and Guillermo Gomez-Pena asks, “Why do people talk about the ‘art world’ as a single entity when in fact there are hundreds of art worlds?”

Others of these essays explore old issues to come to new conclusions. While Lani Asher delves into the legacy of feminism in the arts, Dorothy Santos reminds us that “although there’s never an easy time or place to discuss race relations, posing questions around the topics of race, gender, and cultural amnesia feels especially urgent.”

In place of producing singular, authoritative answers, this collection exemplifies an interest in potential. These writings are inspiring because they initiate a process of exploring contingencies that may lead to unforeseen possibilities—which is to say that they open up a conversation rather than trying to have the last word.—Bean Gilsdorf


Art Practical has invited its regular writers to guest edit thematic issues of content from our archive this summer as we prepare for the launch of our new website in September. These issues highlight the breadth of subjects we've covered over the past four years and some of the notable interests that catalyze artistic practice in the Bay Area. And here's a look at what is coming up for Art Practical. 


Interview with Will Brown

Interview with Will Brown

By Bad at Sports

James Lee Byars died in 1997. But in 1978, he declared that upon his death, all of his artworks would be cancelled. So he is the perfect artist for us because, as far as he is concerned, his artworks aren’t art anymore.

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Where Images Fail: Newtown, Connecticut

Where Images Fail: Newtown, Connecticut

By Daily Serving

“Even if they are only tokens, and cannot possibly encompass most of the reality to which they refer, they still perform a vital function. The images say: This is what human beings are capable of doing— may volunteer to do, enthusiastically, self-righteously. Don’t forget."

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