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An art blog is a common type of blog that comments on art. More recently, as with other types of blogs, some art blogs have taken on 'web 2.0' social networking features. Art blogs that adopt this sort of change can develop to become a source of information on art events (listings and maps), a way to share information and images, or virtual meeting ground.

Art blog entries cover different topics, from art critiques and commentary to insider art world gossip, auction results, art news, personal essays, portfolios, interviews, artists' journals, art marketing advice, and artist biographies. Some artists use art blogs as a form of new media art project.

Art blogs may also serve as a forum to reach out to anybody interested in art – be it painting, sculpture, print making, creative photography, video art, conceptual art, or new media. In this way, they may be visited not only for the practitioners of different forms of art, but also collectors, connoisseurs, and critics.

Mainstream media[edit]

In 2011, art critic Brian Sherwin interviewed art critic Mat Gleason of Coagula Art Journal for Faso.com's FineArtViews blog. The interview between Sherwin and Gleason focused on contemporary art criticism and the role of art blogs in present-day art criticism among other issues. Gleason suggested to Sherwin that art blogs and the development of new media have become a "blow" to traditional print art magazines. Gleason and Sherwin also discussed how bloggers form a "pack mentality" based on region and perceived significance.[1][2]

On 28 April 2009, Art Connect produced an in-depth interview by Peter Cowling for Art Connect and Jessica Palmer of Bioephemera. The interview, titled "It is not Really Bloggers vs. Journalists, You Know,"[3] pointed to five trends that were shaping the communication and discussion of art on the internet and that the real picture was much bigger than just the bloggers vs. journalists that had been discussed to date. These five points were:

  • Media convergence will continue to improve consumer choice, providing a better match between desire and availability.
  • Content producers are just that. Consumers care less about how and where they can get the content they want. What they do consistently care about is the quality of the content and whether the content is produced to their timescales.
  • The content producer-to-content consumer relationship is changing. Requests for feedback and further debate have been partially overtaken by things like conversations, and further fragmentation will certainly occur.
  • Information technology and systems, provided as commodity (pay-as-you-go) services. Such services range from processing and storage, through to credit card processing and super-fast content delivery.
  • The economic downrun.

On 8 January 2009, Regina Hackett, art critic of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, noted in her article "Art blogs hit Wikipedia"[4] that commercially run, mainstream media-supported art blogs face issues of acceptance among the independent art blogging community.

On 7 January 2009, The Village Voice art critic Martha Schwendener suggests that art blogs have helped shape a more laissez-faire climate for art writing. "Art blogs have created a new, largely unedited, admirably 'unprofessional'—hence, democratic—venue for people to speak their minds, gossip, or theorize about art."[5]

In September 2008, the Brooklyn Rail contributor James Kalm produced an article titled "Virtually Overwhelmed.".[6] A practicing artist and video blogger himself, Kalm says about art blogs, "The art blogosphere is a work in progress, and you’ve got to be vigilant of hidden agendas. As with anything online, take it with a grain of salt. Have fun, speak out, but don’t let it cut too much into your studio time; you might end up in a twelve step-program."

In the November 2007 issue of Art in America, Peter Plagens contributed "Report from the Blogosphere: The New Grass Roots."[7] Plagens convened a round table of veteran art bloggers, who conversed via email on a range of questions, aimed at getting a better understanding of what art blogs were, how they were run, and their relationship with the mainstream media.

In an October 2007 article for Artnet Magazine, critic Charlie Finch suggested that art critiques and reviews by art bloggers are overrated and lengthy, and implied that the art blogging community was overly insular.[8] The article includes several ad hominen arguments against specific art bloggers, and ventures the opinion that art blogs "have no readers".

In the January 2005 issue of Art in America,[9] Raphael Rubinstein mentioned several blogs in the magazine's "Front Page" section, where he penned a brief, annotated survey of 12 art blogs that he found "to be worth regular visits.". Rubinstein opined that "art-related blogs" had not, at the time, become as consequential as blogs in other fields such as poetry or politics.


In December 2008, the art blog The Dump,[10] where the new-media artist Maurice Benayoun dumped hundreds of undone art projects, was the first to become a doctorate thesis in art and art science in and of itself: Artistic Intentions at Work, Hypothesis for Committing Art Université Pantheon Sorbonne (6 December 2008). This PhD was directed by Prof. Anne-Marie Duguet. Jury: Prof. Hubertus von Amelunxen, Louis Bec, artist, Prof. Derrick de Kerckhove, and Prof. Jean da Silva.

In May 2010, The Dump – Recycling of Thoughts, a contemporary art exhibition curated by Agnieszka Kulazińska at Laznia Art Center (Gdańsk, Poland) presented 9 artists whose works were derived from The Dump blog project list.[11]

Other coverage[edit]

Other coverage of art blogs includes interviews of art bloggers, reviews of art blog sites, and recommendations of favorite sites. Art Connect has produced around 90 reviews of art blogs and undertakes interviews with art bloggers.[12] The Courtauld Institute of Art, in London, maintains a list of recommended art blogs.[13] Directories such as Yahoo! Directory and BlogCatalog maintain a list of user-submitted art blogs.

List of notable art blogs[edit]

  • A Year of Positive Thinking[14] is published by artist and activist Mira Schor, "a cheerful postscript" to her book of essays on art, culture and politics called A Decade of Negative Thinking.
  • Art F City, founded by Paddy Johnson, is an officially non-profit art blog that covers new art in New York. At The New York Times, Holland Cotter named AFC as a blog that "combines criticism, reporting, political activism and gossip on an almost-24-hour news cycle."[15]
  • The Dump by French new media artist Maurice Benayoun delivers hundreds of undone art projects[16]
  • Hyperallergic, founded by the art critic Hrag Vartanian and his husband Veken Gueyikian in October 2009. The site describes itself as a "forum for serious, playful and radical thinking."[17]
  • NEWSgrist,[18] maintained by artist Joy Garnett, began in March 2000 as an e-zine devoted to the politics of art and culture in the digital age. For four years, it was distributed entirely by email subscription.
  • PORT, co-founded in 2005 by Jennifer Armbrust and Jeff Jahn (who still maintains the site), PORT[19] focuses on critical content related to the Portland art scene. PORT describes itself as "dedicated to catalyzing critical discussion and disseminating information about art as lensed through Portland, Oregon." In the November 2007 Art in America roundtable Plagens described PORT as, "the closest thing to the virtues (paid critics, office help, etc.) of a print art magazine on the Internet....". In 2007, Tyler Green described PORT as, "The undisputed champ of the regional art blogs" on Off Center, the Walker Art Center's blog.
  • The Silo[20] is maintained by art critic and poet Raphael Rubinstein. A revisionist "dictionary" of contemporary art aimed at challenging existing accounts of art since 1960 offering a fresh look at some well-known artists, The Silo was originally funded by an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant.
  • Two Coats of Paint,[21] founded by Sharon Butler in 2007, is dedicated to contemporary painting and related subjects and received a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Grant in 2013–14.
  • Wooster Collective[22] was founded in 2001. This site focuses on ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world. Updated by Marc and Sara Schiller, the site also offers podcasting with music and interviews featuring street artists.


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  2. ^ "FineArtViews Interviews Mat Gleason, Art Critic/Founder of Coagula" Archived 20 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, HuffPost. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  3. ^ Cowling, Peter and Palmer, Jessica, "It is not Really Bloggers vs. Journalists, You Know", April 2009 "Extraordinary Art Blogs Series, Part seven: It is not Really Bloggers vs. Journalists, You Know | art blog reviews". Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  4. ^ Hackett, Regina, "Art Blogs Hit Wikipedia." Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 2009. "Art blogs hit Wikipedia | Seattle Arts News and Reviews – seattlepi.com". Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  5. ^ Schwendener, Martha, "What Crisis? Some Promising Futures for Art Criticism." The Village Voice, January 2009. "New York Art – What Crisis? Some Promising Futures for Art Criticism – page 1 – Village Voice". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ Kalm, James, "Virtually Overwhelmed." Brooklyn Rail Archived 5 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Plagens, Peter, "Report from the Blogosphere: The New Grass Roots." Art in America, November 2007. [1]
  8. ^ Finch, Charlie, "A NOT-SO-VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY" artnet Magazine, "A Not-So-Vast Right Wing Conspirancy – artnet Magazine". Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  9. ^ Rubinstein, Rafael, "Art in the Blogoshere." Art in America, "Front Page," January 2005. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "The-dump". www.the-dump.net. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ eMart, Studio. "Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia". www.laznia.pl. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  12. ^ Art Connect review of art blogs Archived 24 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ List of art blogs recommended by the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, "Courtauld Institute of Art : Book Library Useful Links". Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  14. ^ "A Year of Positive Thinking – Mira Schor". ayearofpositivethinking.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ Holland Cotter,"Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex," New York Times, 17 January 2014."Holland Cotter Looks at Money in Art – the New York Times". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  16. ^ [2] Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Without Bounds by Barbara Robertson in CGW volume 32 issue 4 April 2009
  17. ^ "Hyperallergic". Hyperallergic. Archived from the original on 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  18. ^ "NEWSgrist – where spin is art". newsgrist.typepad.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  19. ^ "PORT: portlandart.net – Portland art + news + reviews". portlandart.net. Archived from the original on 21 November 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  20. ^ "The Silo by Raphael Rubinstein". thesilo.raphaelrubinstein.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  21. ^ Two Coats of Paint Archived 5 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Wooster Collective". Wooster Collective. Archived from the original on 27 October 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2018.