Monday, March 31, 2008

Who were all those people?

Thanks to Franklin Einspruch at for making a link list of the bloggers who stopped by the Red Dot panel: Hrag Vartanian, Chris Albert, Steven Alexander, Olympia Lambert, James Kalm, Chris Jagers, Megan and Murray, Andrew Robinson, Pretty Lady, Brent Burket, Harry and Jennifer Swartz-Turfle, Aneta Glinkowska and Kosuke Fujitaka . If you were there, too, but not included on the list, send me a note (twocoatsofpaint {at} and I'll add your blog.

Hrag Vartanian reports on ArtBloggers@RedDot

"I think it was worth it to wake up early Sunday morning and dash across town to hear fellow bloggers shoot the shit about the art blogosphere." Read more and see the slide show at Hrag's blog.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Art Bloggers @ Red Dot open thread

Thanks everyone for coming to the art blogger panel discussion. Feel free to post your own responses and comments to the panel discussion questions (we didn't get to all of them), either here, or post them on your own blogs and provide a link.

1.There's more art coverage on the blogs than in conventional publications. Some of the writing is good, hewing to journalistic standards, some is deplorable. What is our responsibility personally to good writing and journalistic integrity in our own blogs and within the blogosphere in general?

2. Among us on this panel, we're artists, gallerists, educators, lecturers, print journalists and bloggers--all of us multiple hat wearers accustomed to juggling our various hats. At what point do all these hats create a conflict of interest?

3. We're networking like crazy online, and often moving freely between the blogosphere and real time and space. The Blogger show, John Morris's recent organizational effort in New York, Pittsburgh and elsewhere, is a good example. This conference is another. Now, how do we manage the network and our time?

4. Big, open questions: Are we mainstream yet? Do we want to be? What is the future of art blogging?

In the audience, developers were interested in designing more useful interfaces for bloggers. I personally would like paragraph indenting (without manually inserting html), and Ed Winkleman mentioned better search capabilities and tags. Is there anything you would like to see included/changed in the blogging software?

A full report is forthcoming, but in the meantime we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed meeting everyone. We'll do it again in Miami in December, so stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Guide to New York fairs

Check out the helpful guide to the New York fairs provided by (via AFC)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Blogger press passes for Red Dot

Although general admission for Red Dot costs twelve bucks, Director George Billis has told Joanne and me that bloggers will be admitted to the panel discussion (details below) and the Fair for free if they present a printout of their most recent post. You can go to the other lectures on the program, too. Note that blogger Amy Wilson is participating in the 3:30 panel on art fairs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Blogger Panel Discussion planned at Red Dot Fair

Art Bloggers @ Red Dot, Sunday, March 30
10:30 to 12:15
Joanne Mattera and I have organized a panel discussion which will soon be included in the Red Dot programming schedule. If the bloggers who join us are anything like their keyboard personas, an interesting discussion should ensue.

Panel Topic: Bloggers and Their Impact in the Art World
There's now more art coverage in the blogosphere than in conventional publications. Do we handle this responsibility with conventional journalistic standards or something that's faster and looser as befits an instantaneous medium? How do we manage the formidable network that has developed around and because of us? Where do we go from here?

Edward Winkleman
• Carol Diehl, Art Vent
C-Monster (Who is she?)
• Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City
• Me (Sharon Butler), Two Coats of Paint
Joanne Mattera will moderate.

Red DotPark South Hotel
122 E. 28th Street, bet. Park & Lex
New York, NY
Look for the “Art Bloggers @ Red Dot” sign in the lobby to direct you to the conference room.
Leave a comment or send a note (twocoatsofpaint{at} to let us know you're coming, or just drop in. We're looking forward to a lively discussion with all the NYC area bloggers, as well as others in town for the Armory Fair. See you there!