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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Giving the Kids Their Due, Finally

Sometimes I can be a little dim, but usually the light bulb will go on if I give it enough time. I had one of those moments of illumination today while chatting with a couple people about the most recent Artforum Diary. ("I wore the tight brown Citizen cords I've worn all season: As a chronic skirt-addict, I'm working on accepting myself in pants.")

Here's my breakthrough: With Scene & Herd, Artforum has given us a new way of writing for our post-millennium age, a content and stylistic package that mirrors current trends in artistic production. Scene & Herd (are you ready for this?) is intended to be the prose equivalent of the scattertrash installation and the glue-n-glitter painting! All sorts of random stuff (some of it shiny, some of it dirty) just kind of thrown together to see if it coheres or sticks. If it doesn't, no big deal. It's just process, man.

Props to the kids at Artforum for making the breakthrough, for blazing a daring trail into this uncharted area of arts journalism/criticism/society writing. Now that I get it, I can relax and enjoy it for what it is.

Or not.

Related (especially for Artforum's copy editors): "Using Colons and Semi-Colons."

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