Thursday, January 10, 2008

There Will Be Snarky Comments

Ali Fitzgerald out of Austin has a bone to pick with glasstire, and she hits the nail on the head with a put-down of the site's "mission";

...I didn't think Glasstire was a blog, I thought (maybe mistakenly)
that it was a legitimate meeting of criticism, feedback and helpful
information as regards the contemporary art scene in Texas.

Is it an absolute that every news item/feature/column have a requisite ironic put-down?
I mean, don't get me wrong, sometimes the comments are funny...they just seem out of place....but maybe Glasstire has a new mission, I don't know. I'm confused.

...just call it a giant, goddamn pretentious op-ed blog
driven by the aesthetic tastes and opinions of a handful of people.


Makes sense to me! It is impossible for shows 'not up to snuff', according to three people, to appear on glasstire. Even though it is the most widely used resource for art rats and appreciators to find out where to go and what to do, it is by no means objective, populist, democratic, even-handed or kind.

At least in Houston there are other places to go; both spacetaker and artshound have more comprehensive lists of exhibits- if you don't mind sorting through dinner theatre and science museum listings.

2 comments:

Rachel Cook said...

Ok where does it say anywhere that a publication is supposed to be populist, democratic, or even-handed?

GT is not a News outlet except for the Newswire, but that could be argued if it really holds that function anyway. And as for the listings they have always been an edited list, like any other national art magazine listings.

Not that disagree with the rest of what is being stated, but I do have an issue with an art publication needing to be populist or democratic.

It is unfortunate that you missed the whole point about the post by removing the last bit. It is more about if the mission has changed and the fact that some of the comments seem out of place.

"Is it an absolute that every news item/feature/column have a requisite ironic put-down? I mean, don't get me wrong, sometimes the comments are funny...they just seem out of place....but maybe Glasstire has a new mission, I don't know. I'm confused."

b.s. said...

it doesn't say that a publication should be even-handed anywhere.

I think a lot of people hold glasstire in high esteem, and there's high expectations there.