#rank teleconference info

December 30, 2010

We have no idea how well this will work, but we are going to try. If you can’t make it to #rank, but want to participate, call in to our teleconference. The phone number and access code are listed below. Please note the teleconference will be recorded. Date and Time: Thu 12/30/2010 06:00 PM (GMT-05:00) […]

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#rank Miami Discussion at Winkleman Gallery

December 26, 2010

One thing we were not able to realize at #rank as much as we would have liked was to have lively (contentious), open-ended (informal) discussions about art fair culture. We are also interested in the connections between the fairs, the market, and more broadly to cultural production. In that spirit, we are hosting a post-#rank […]

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Feeling #rank (Part 3)

December 20, 2010

In my original post about #rank, I argued that there were too many events going on back to back without enough time for reflection. Having time to casually discuss what we were attempting to do at #class, as I’ve said, was an important access point for visitors. Another thing that also helped people drop their […]

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Feeling #rank (Part 2), The Ideas…

December 11, 2010

Now that I’ve given myself and Jen Dalton a critique about how we shaped #rank, I want to turn the discussion away from the structure towards what actually happened.  I’m going to work through the events based purely on my subjective recollection of the events regardless of chronology.  It’s my personal form of ranking the […]

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Feeling #rank (Part 1)

December 11, 2010

Now that I am back home from Miami and have had a couple days to think about #rank, I am feeling rather that, just rank. Every year that I’ve gone to Miami, I leave feeling like I’ve lifted the curtain and stared at the great god Pan and learned some horrible truth about the universe. […]

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#Rank was…

December 11, 2010

I have heard that, as an artist, if you’re not uncomfortable you must be doing something wrong. Unless it’s actually the opposite and if you are uncomfortable, you must be doing something wrong… I hope not. Because I have been realizing for awhile now that being uncomfortable is my natural state. But I have been […]

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Art Road Show by Alan Lupiani

November 18, 2010

Art Road Show is a spin off of the popular Antiques Road Show.  The host of Art Road Show, Alan Lupiani, will pair up local artists with art fair insiders, including art dealers, curators, and writers, for a five minute critique of the artist’s work.  The objective is to engage the highly diverse local arts […]

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Hug it Out by Rebecca Goyette

November 18, 2010

Rebecca Goyette, performative artist, will present “Hug it Out.”

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#artist/dayjob# by Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail

November 16, 2010

#Rank Miami examines the (c)overt class and ranking systems surrounding the Miami art fairs. In the expressly commerce-based bubble of the Miami art fairs, artists’ ranks might be established/defined in relation to gallery representation and/or the need to maintain a dayjob to support themselves and their families. For artists who must work outside the studio […]

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Being Grantee (About Grants & Grantmaking)

November 14, 2010

A free-ranging discussion about grants for artists – how and why they are given – with Sean Elwood, the Director of Artist Programs for Creative Capital Foundation in New York. Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, […]

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Measure by Man Bartlett

November 14, 2010

Acting as the Absurd Tailor, Man Bartlett will take measurements of fair-goers and relate them to the measurements of the art for sale at SEVEN and other fairs. Based on actual and imagined relationships, the artist will draw conclusions about which work is best suited (or not) for the potential buyers.

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Beliefs Unlimited by Kevin Regan

November 11, 2010

Hidden from one’s self is a covert set of beliefs that control one’s thinking, one’s actions, and one’s feelings. The covert set of hidden beliefs is the limiting set of beliefs to be transcended.

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Remote Participation by Vox Populi Collective

November 11, 2010

Vox Populi, alongside other invited members of Philadelphia’s non-commercial and collective art organizations, will execute a variety of performances for the duration of one hour which will be transmitted to SEVEN via a live video feed. illustrating the gap between the philosophy of DIY artist-run galleries and that of art fairs. Vox and collaborators will […]

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Regionalism as Model, Discussion led by Christopher Ho

November 11, 2010

 Rank concerns those already on the inside, where many of us would like to imagine ourselves being. Or would we? This discussion explores whether the regional artist—the community-college studio teacher, the local figurative sculptor—might present a viable model for contemporary artists, not just pragmatically, but conceptually: by dint of being slightly outside the mainstream, […]

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Taking My Talents to South Beach: Good Night Cleveland, We Love You by Nic Rad

November 8, 2010

An exploration of talent, loyalty, and Miami transplant LeBron James as the Ubermensch; a stirring homage to the sad city of Cleveland and historic failures everywhere as told from the perspective of Jeff Koons’ Three Ball Total Equilibrium. Performed by Nic*Rad. 

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RTV: The New Art Movement by Jeffrey Augustine Songco

November 8, 2010

 An art movement is no longer defined solely by a moment in time, but also by the process of art making. Through the investigation of the art world’s educational turn and Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Jeffrey Augustine Songco will share ten elements behind the emergence of RTV (or Reality Television).

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A Legend in your own Mind: A Salon Discussion on Fame led by Austin Thomas

November 8, 2010

How big is your bigness? Gather your thoughts on fame and success for a relational discussion on being a legend.  Is there a difference between success and significance? Austin will serve up “Dirty Harrys” (root beer and Jack Daniels) and use Dirty Harry’s (Clint Eastwood) response to a bad police captain’s comment, “Do you know […]

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UBS Mapping by Liam Davis, Elizabeth Haberkorn, Brendan Carney and Jason Lowe

November 8, 2010

Mapping UBS is a presentation for #Rank Miami that involves the real-time mapping of Art Basel Miami’s primary sponsor’s history, ethical and cultural activities, and their impact. Using a series of visual aids, the project maps UBS’s activities in real time. Each element of the construction is accompanied by live narration weighing the pros and […]

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Art Stereotypes – A Mini Survey by Debbie Ainscoe

November 8, 2010

Art stereotypes a mini survey: We hear them all the time, but we are so used to them (or irritated by them!) that maybe we switch off. But as long as they are still doing the rounds, does the perception keep re-kindling the myth? – or is it really true?! This is a mini survey […]

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festive anthropophagy through reflected imagery (a performance by marcella faustini and donna huanca)

November 3, 2010

“they gave us mirrors and in them we saw a sick world” (índios by legião urbana – asong that describes the experience of the indigenous brazilian people when faced with the colonizers) it could be said that art fairs combine aspects akin to the ones experienced during a visit to a shopping mall, church or […]

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Guidance Counselor, by Sarada Rauch and Baris Gokturk

November 3, 2010

Are you holding back on approaching someone you’d like to be friends with because you think they are in a group that’s out of your league? Are you concerned about whether you’ll still be included this year at school or whether you’ll feel like an outcast — or worse, be picked on? And what about […]

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Relational Aesthetics For The Rich, or A Brief History Of The Gala As Art by Greg Allen

November 3, 2010

From Lorenzo’s Tomb to Dakis’s yacht, the artist’s rarified social milieu exert a powerful influence on the form of his artistic production. Art that was intended or once thought to be uncommodifiable–Land Art, Conceptual Art, installation, performance, even relational aesthetics–has been voraciously commissioned, collected and consumed. With LA MoCA’s 2010 annual fundraising ball–which was reconceptualized […]

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Hello My Name Is by Pumkin Folgers & Corduroy Jackson

October 31, 2010

Identifier Corporation Pres. Pumpkin Folgers VP. Corduroy Jackson W 46th St & Broadway Ave New York, NY 10036 (T) 646-801-6212 Attention: William Powhida & Jen Dalton: Identifier Corporation, has been providing a unique service for visual artist, musician, and the performing arts since 2000. We have  great understanding that the name we are born with […]

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Where do YOU #Rank? by Laura Isaac

October 31, 2010

If we were forced to wear our resume on our sleeve, would we be proud, indifferent, or ashamed? How much is our identity rolled into our given rank? I will be creating various wearable ranks (t-shirts) that correspond to different positions in the “art world”: artist, patron, collector, critic, gallery director, curator, etc. Within each […]

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#rank Forum by JD Hastings

October 29, 2010

Art is beautiful in part for its ability to express the ambiguous, the non-verbal and the mysterious. It can also be used to represent subjects in ways that appeal to the mind in novel ways. with novel effects. Unfortunately as a born literalist I find it impossible to wrap my mind around a complex problem […]

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Mutant Student Groups Think Tank by Nsumi Collective

October 28, 2010

Mutant Student Groups Think Tanks are alternative art world incubators for students who want to launch experimental independently run student organizations. On December 4th from 4 to 6pm, Nsumi will create a micro-performance space through which alternative student leaders can come together for dreaming up and spawning new mutant groups. Mutant student group types include […]

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Dr. Lisa’s Ego Challenge by Lisa Levy

October 28, 2010

Whether you’re a collector, artist, patron, or plain old art lover, art fairs can be a challenge to anyone’s ego. Get a brief ego evaluation from Dr. Lisa and she will give you a free personalized Ego Diagnosis Badge with a number from 1-10, according to her evaluation, indicating the state of your ego according to her chart. In […]

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Project Present by Stephen Truax

October 28, 2010

 Project Present, 2010, is a contemporary art trading game intended to highlight the purest transaction in the art world: the Artist Trade.  While in the context of the highly consumer- and career-driven environment of the Miami art fairs, artists still have the ultimate way of hedging their bets and maintaining sincerity.  Each participating artist […]

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What Are You Worth? by Carol Saft

October 28, 2010

What Are You Worth? The value of a work of art is subject to many market conditions including chance. Try your luck. Grab a pen out of the fishbowl receptacle and see what your signature is worth.

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Healing from PTAD (Post-Traumatic Art Disorder) by Emily Auchincloss

October 27, 2010

#Rank Discussion: Healing from PTAD (Post-Traumatic Art Disorder) Contemporary art is defined in this moment by labels such as Pluralism (what does this mean?) and Post-Modernism (soooo old). Why? Well, no-one has bothered to come up with anything better, or no-one knows… But is anyone TRYING to know? As an artist, I cannot attempt to […]

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Destineez Child

October 27, 2010

Destineez Child explores themes in trickle down marketing and cultural phenomenon surrounding places like convenience stores, hair salons, car washes and flea markets. Some of our high-end concepts include the oscillating ashtray, fools gold grills, press on toe nails, strollers with living space for a cat, and booster seats constructed out of old phone books. […]

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Free Art Stand by Sean Naftel

October 23, 2010

Free Art Stand questions the idea of payment & capital for works of art. Is there a value in having work distributed in the atmosphere that surrounds major art fairs like SCOPE or Frieze or Basel or any of the numerous, large, commercially profitable international art fairs? Is there a long-term value in that situation? in future […]

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Gender, Age and Location Bias in the Art Market

October 23, 2010

The case for gender/age bias in the art market, while not a new phenomenon, is so pervasive that the entire system may need to be dismantled in order for a viable gender/age neutral paradigm to evolve. Adding in location as another barrier, if the artist doesn’t live and work in New York or another large […]

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Art Fair Bingo Card: Food by John Pyper

October 23, 2010

The Miami fair isn’t in one place or certainly isn’t one experience. More often than not, business is done off-site in bars and restaurants. While visitors are immersed in the experience, they can interact with art insiders from around the world over coffee, eat trashy food on the fly, splurge on one more drink, or […]

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Labor Class by Bernard Klevickas

October 23, 2010

 The art fabrication business straddles an odd line between the inside/outside aspects of the art world. Some employees are unknown artists fresh out of art school and some are artists with some shows under their belt but not established, and there are some artists who have given up on their own work, then there […]

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Sorry I Couldn’t Be There, by @Platea

October 23, 2010

“Sorry I Couldn’t Be There” is a crowd-created video series.  Developed by members of @Platea, the social media art collective directed by An Xiao, the series features artists from around the world explaining briefly why they couldn’t attend #rank and swing by Miami.  Ultimately, the video would highlight concerns around geographic access and about who’s […]

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Art Assault, by Paul Steen

October 23, 2010

Art Assault is a first person shooter game about hierarchies and social boundaries in the art world, and ownership of the exhibition space.

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Is the Art Fair a Carnival or a County Fair? by Suzanne Stroebe and Caitlin Rueter

October 23, 2010

We will play the image of Art Fair as carnival, as spectacle of gluttony and lasciviousness, against the image of Art Fair as county fair, as “wholesome” place where community gathers to reaffirm bonds (and, perhaps, to reaffirm hierarchies). Women perform different roles in each of these contexts.  In light of these contrasting visions, how […]

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2010 Art World Census by Ben Valentine

October 23, 2010

2010 Art World Census – Make Your Opinion Matter Powhida stated in his #Class reflection, “the chalkboards never achieved what one might call ‘organized thought.’” This is especially true for those who were unable to attend. So, during the course of #Rank, attendees can easily document their discussions by filling out the 2010 Art World […]

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Building Backbones by Diedra Krieger

October 23, 2010

Artists are invited to read rejection letters from a grant application, residency or exhibition submission at Building Backbones on Friday, December 3, from 3-4pm at Ed Winkleman’s space at Seven, as part of William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton’s #Rank Miami. To participate, send an image with the artist’s name and a copy of the rejection […]

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Maritza Ruiz Kim’s The Interview…

October 20, 2010

“The Interview: In Which I Ask Myself All The Questions You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Care to Ask, Along Also With the Answers You Didn’t Care About” is a short performance in which art world roles (institutions, curators, influencers, the marginalized, and the artist as first-person) are examined using one artist’s experience with twitter. What […]

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Sarah Wentworth’s Waiting for Enlightenment

October 20, 2010

Sarah Wentworth – Waiting for Enlightenment Considering art to be a spiritual experience of sorts, and considering the sheer density of accumulated art works in the Miami area during the art fairs, there is a special opportunity to reap art spiritual benefit from being present in proximity. Sarah Wentworth will sit patiently in Ed Winkleman’s […]

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Garric Simonsen’s Fortune 500

October 20, 2010

Fortune 500 asks: How do corporations influence institutional decision-making and artistic freedom? Fortunes are geared mostly toward the careers of artists and their engagements with institutions, commercial galleries, gender issues, identity, community, life…etc. Additional fortunes will vaguely address the possibility of critics, curators, directors and gallery owners. Participants are encouraged to tweet their fortune(s) for […]

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Sarah Smizz’s LEAN

October 20, 2010

LEAN is defined as an overall methodology that seeks to minimize the resources required for production by eliminating waste. /// Learn all about the LEAN method to creating art and collect your Lean Art Taster course booklet, Sarah Smizz special edition : How to Get Your Work Shown at the Art-Fair, for all of those […]

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MTAA’s Freeing Lunch

October 20, 2010

From December 1st through December 4th, 2010 MTAA will present the collaboration’s first, only and possibly last artwork at a Miami art fair. The work is titled “Freeing Lunch.” Each day MTAA will attempt to have a large pizza delivered to Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida. The pizza is to arrive between noon and 1PM […]

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#Rank Miami Call for Proposals

September 15, 2010

We have received the green light to host #Rank Miami, taking place during the Miami art fairs this December 1-4. Building on the ideas and energy of the #Class events last winter (if you don’t know what we’re talking about see our previous project statement for #class) we will host three days of non-gala events, non-curated […]

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First Reflections

March 26, 2010

“Never before in my 15 years of living and making art in New York City, have I felt so connected to a group of intellectually engaged and caring artists. The experienced has totally changed my approach to art making in that I take “communty” into account like never before, and I mean all kinds of […]

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Jerry Saltz on #class via Facebook

March 25, 2010

Since I didn’t get a chance to write about #Class I’ll share one or two thoughts here. When I first heard about #Class I imagined an insular group of people all telling one another that they’re right and everyone else is impure. As a paranoid I also imagined that I would be branded as “uncool” […]

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#Class Reflections

March 25, 2010

Sadly, #class is out for an extended recess, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. We would like to invite all the participants of #class to submit personal reflections on your experiences. It has been said that there is no organized thought without writing. While #class was an amazing, immersive, and exhausting experience, the chalkboards never […]

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Two Last-minute Cancellations!!

March 19, 2010

Sorry to say… Kimberly Wright’s Collector Preferences Presentation 3/19 at 6pm is canceled. Dr. Kristin’s and Dr. Gloria’s Writing Workshop 3/20 at 2pm is canceled. We have only two more days of #class. But there are still more fun events, check the calendar! Our last event on Saturday 3/20 at 6pm is Rant Night. Come […]

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Phil Buehler’s Advertising Methods Canceled!

March 16, 2010

Formerly scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday, March 17th. Sorry!

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Sarah Schmerler "The Writer is: IN"

March 16, 2010

On Wednesday, March 17th, at 6:30pm Sarah Schmerler will talk about artist’s statements and then write your artist statement for you – as fast as she can. First come; first served. 15 minutes, tops. 6:30-7:00pm: Intro to Statement Writing7:00-8:00pm: Schmerler writes in ‘real time.’ Bring pencil and paper, a CD or URL address for your […]

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Nocation, Nocation, Nocation Canceled

March 12, 2010

Due to an non-existent response for panelists, we are canceling the discussion in favor of work time.

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Labor Class and the Critic’s Panel

March 12, 2010

Labor ClassWhat is involved in making a Koons sculpture? Or building six 30 foot tall Louise Bourgeois spiders? If you are interested in seeing and hearing how sculpture from these and many other established artists is made come to Labor class presented by Bernard Klevickas on Friday at 4 pm. If you work with or […]

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Leigh Waldron-Taylor’s Kaprow Reading Saturday Canceled!

March 5, 2010

We are going to try to reschedule if we can! Here is the event info:I will read a written response to Allan Kaprow’s essay Should the artist become a man of the world? published in ARTnews, October, 1964. Please read the essay and consider whether it has any significance for today’s artist and the questions […]

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Background, Identity and the Straight White Male Discussion

March 2, 2010

Here is more info on this discussion and speaker biographies. This will take place at #class next Saturday the 6th at 4pm! RSVP is recommended to hashtagclass (at) gmail (dot) com. Background, Identity and the Straight White Male – (Suggested by An Xiao )As William Powhida wrote, “The complexion of the art world is a […]

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Instructions for Today’s Event in Second Life

February 28, 2010

Hi everyone, If you’d like to join us in Second Life for Debbie Ainscoe’s event “Optimists, Pessimists and Skeptics,” you can go to Second Life’s website to download Second Life. It’s free! Then send us an email message at hashtagclass (at) gmail (dot) com and we will make friends with you and help you teleport […]

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"Receta" performance today 2/26 RESCHEDULED!

February 26, 2010

Rocio Rodriguez Salceda’s performance “Receta” is canceled today because of the snow! It will be rescheduled for next Thursday, March 4, at 6pm. Stamatina Gregory and Jovana Stokic’s “Bad Curating” event is still on for 6pm. The gallery will be open today from 2-8, we’ll be there!

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Ben Davis’s 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

February 25, 2010

Ben’s much talked about text “9.5 Theses on Art and Class” is now publicly available here. Please read and share with everyone you know who is concerned about art’s relation to class and society. The art world is not isolated or removed from the world, and we will be discussing Ben’s text during the course […]

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Notes on RSVP, Calendar & Chalkboards

February 24, 2010

First, please RSVP for events to hashtagclass (at) gmail.com, NOT to Winkleman Gallery. Second, please check the calendar here on the blog before heading to events – things sometimes change and this calendar will be updated as that happens! Third, we want to be as clear as possible about what we’re doing on the chalkboards. […]

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RSVP?

February 23, 2010

Thanks to the crowds at our participant meet n’ greet on Friday and the opening on Sunday, we would like to invite people to RSVP for events, performances, or discussions that they are most interested in. Right now, we can realistically accommodate seating for about 40 guests and standing room for 20 more and the […]

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Thoughts in the Final Stretch

February 18, 2010

#class is already making me do, and think about, a lot of things I usually try to avoid. I do not normally seek out conflict but I have already had heated discussions about it and I anticipate more, particularly with artists who do not enjoy obsessing about the “art world,” a term that is more […]

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Still More Events (and updated descriptions)

February 17, 2010

First off, WE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING all the goings-on in the gallery right here to this blog. God knows how the image/sound quality will be, but we’re giving it a shot. Tune in wherever you are! And here are a few more events that have been added and/or elaborations of the descriptions of existing […]

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#class Schedule!

February 13, 2010

There are still more events in development that will be added, and some shifting will occur as we deal with changes. But this is how it stands now. When things change we will update the calendar so it should always be up-to-date. Table Discussions are in yellow and Event/Performances are in green. Where it says […]

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More Events, and a clarification

February 12, 2010

The list we posted earlier today comprised ONLY the events/performances/presentations to be hosted at #class, NOT the table discussions (with the exception of two discussions whose topics had substantially evolved). The rest of the table discussion topics are more or less accurately reflected in our earlier post here. As the discussions fill up with participants, […]

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More events!

February 10, 2010

Here is a closer-to-comprehensive list of the events we plan to host at #class. (There are still more to come! Stay tuned for additions.) A schedule will be posted here in the next couple of days. (If you’re a #class participant who has has not confirmed his or her timeslot, email us asap!) And it […]

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Market Space

February 3, 2010

Purchase Application Powhida & DaltonGraphite and colored pencil on paper 2010We will be selling this work to whomever makes their best offer based on their approximate income and rationale for ownership.  There is no fixed price point and we won’t be insulted if (a) no one wants it, (b) you can only offer what you […]

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Table Discussion Topics

February 3, 2010

Here is a preliminary list of potential table discussions and people who suggested the concepts.  We have named several, so please don’t take offense if we butchered anything. We are also doing away with the traditional, hierarchical panel discussion and inviting the ‘experts’ or invited guests to sit centrally at our converted work tables along […]

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Here come the projects

January 30, 2010

Here are some of the events, discussions and performances that #class plans to host at Winkleman Gallery between Feb 21 and March 20, 2010. We have over 40 events in some stage of development already. There will be a few different things going on every day the show is open! A full schedule will be […]

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To Complicate Things

January 28, 2010

When Ed Winkleman offered his space to Jen and I to consider “alternatives/solutions” to the market, we had some very different ideas initially.  One of our first impulses was to completely invert the normal function of the gallery by banishing Ed, Murat, and Max from the space and creating something else.  Jen and I had […]

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Draft Mission Statement (or some such thing)

January 13, 2010

#class will turn Edward Winkleman Gallery into a ‘think tank’, where we will work with guest artists, critics, academics, dealers, collectors and anyone else who would like to participate to examine the way art is made and seen in our culture and to identify and propose alternatives and/or reforms to the current market system. By […]

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To elaborate:

January 7, 2010

This is not business as usual and we are not soliciting art work for another group show. We are asking you (if you are reading this we mean YOU!) to participate in a dialog around the art market. Also, we are not addressing the New Museum or the Imaginary Museum Series directly. Rather, we are […]

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#class is coming

January 5, 2010

On or about February 20, 2010, we will transform Winkleman Gallery into a think tank for approximately one month, complete with blackboards, work tables, beer*, coffee-makers* and a mini-fridge*. We solicit your active participation in this project if you are an artist, critic, art dealer, collector, academic, art-lover, art-hater, or member of the general public. […]

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