Issue

2.13 / Talking Shop

March 10 2011

Introduction

March 10, 2011.

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with SFMOMA’s Open Space blog on a three-part series of conversations to be held at the museum. Entitled Shop Talk, the conversations will focus on survival strategies artists develop and adopt to gain recognition and financial viability. We’ll examine the ways artists attempt to restructure market conditions to accommodate, support, or help further the social reach of their work’s aesthetic and critical capacities. We’ll also look at how a general public engages and responds to these efforts. Shop Talk will additionally unfold across both online platforms, beginning with the features in this issue by Christian L. Frock and Zachary Royer Scholz, as well as a blog post by Renny Pritikin. These and subsequent articles will respond to and suggest alternative perspectives to those raised in the three discussions. We hope you will join us beginning March 24! —PM

Features

Notes on Alternative Autonomy

Notes on Alternative Autonomy

By Christian L. Frock

If maintaining control over the work equates with creative freedom, then creative freedom means freedom from the market, art or otherwise. While creative autonomy within my work can be established through an indifference to the art market, real autonomy and independence in the world at large is predicated on financial independence.

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San Francisco and the Art World of Tomorrow, Part 1

San Francisco and the Art World of Tomorrow, Part 1

By Zachary Royer Scholz

Artistically, San Francisco's liminal nature has allowed it to act as a fertile and generative location; it has sowed the seeds for numerous artistic movements and fostered countless others. But San Francisco’s connective—instead of accumulative—nature has also kept its activities largely out of the international limelight.

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