Sunday 8 July, 10am-1pm - Thinking about what is and what is not art with Stash Art Collective on a plinth in Broad Street, Reading alongside the Open for Art event ArtLine art market organised by Jelly
Inspired by some of the rants in 'A New Dictionary of Art' - Peculiarity Press will be showing little models recreating some classic pieces that are so frequently berated as 'not art'. Looking forward to hearing what the shoppers of Reading think!
Thanks so much to artist Natalie Parsley who blogs at Spanner in the workz for a fantastically thoughtful and considered review of the New Dictionary. Although Natalie's post does indeed start with a curse, I'm pleased to say it feels more like a mild rebuke and she goes on to raise all sorts of questions about the status of the dictionary and indeed its definitions.
It is great the 'ambitiously mad' New Dictionary can give such food for thought and I'm glad to see 'like a strawberry cake' make an appearance in the text as it is one of my favourites.
I particularly liked Natalie's query as to whether art can exist without a definition (and indeed vice versa) - that has certainly got me thinking. We may have to ask Prof Derek Matravers for an answer to that?
But one question I can tackle with confidence is the rhetorical title of the review. Only 3000?! - well technically there are 3557, but who's counting?
Great day on Saturday at South Hill Park Arts Centre where Jane Glennie has created a totally fab dictionary-themed installation in which visitors vote for their favourite and/or create their own definition. Over the staircase a slideshow of definitions scrolls lazily round. Hopefully all the rude ones have been edited out for such a family-friendly space! Lovely to catch up with Mark Langley too whose own beautiful memorial work was exhibited nearby. Big thanks to curator Cat Cooke for hosting. Very impressed.
Should have known that Lucy would have the answer! Bob Ross was right after all - trees, a lake, a log cabin, a waterfall, a deer and a sunset is all you need. Many thanks to Margaret Farrell for sharing this, from Tate Etc magazine and originally the San Francisco Chronicle of 1968.
art /art/ n offers us an opportunity to feel and think beyond the efforts of our daily routine.
This blog postdates the launch of the Dictionary (we were somewhat busy then I seem to remember), but I thought it was worth a quick look back at some of the events we had – Cambridge University at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge again at the Festival of Ideas, then Westminster Arts Library in London, the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University, and finally at Clapham Library. Then in December we had a couple of pop-up exhibitions that the Dictionary participated in: Five Years: My Brain Hurts A Lot with Art Language Location at Guest Projects; and as part of the artists-in-residence show at Reading College.
Thank you to all who came and joined us, and fired up the debates on 'What is art?'. And here's looking forward to the next iteration at South Hill Park in April.
art /art/ n (neg) not a mirror held up to reality; but a hammer with which to shape it.
Thank you for all the wonderful feedback about the New Dictionary, including a lovely review by Egidija Čiricaitė for Collective Investigations. Please feel free to add to the social media chatter! We have a Facebook page, a Peculiarity Press website feature and we would love to get a few reviews (good or bad) on our Amazon page. We hope to add a Twitter page soon (once we can think of a snappy Twitter handle that does not exceed 15 characters...)
art /art/ n (interrog) have you ever seen or heard something so beautiful it stuck with you for the rest of the day?
Thanks so much for supporting our crowdfunding campaign for A New Dictionary of Art last October. It was a great success and both hardback and softback formats are now into their second edition. Now, after a pause for breath, Robert Good and I are excited to be starting our Spring campaign to get the New Dictionary into bookshops and art galleries around the country.
We'd love to hear from you, so if you have any ideas, comments or suggestions please do let Robert know.