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I have been traveling a great deal but PORT has a lot of reviews and other content heading your way. Till then here are some links to mull over.

Jerry Saltz doubts the recently “found” Da Vinci painting with a starting bid at $100M tonight. Overall I find the painting to be just too convenient and yes old school to be a Da Vinci without major question marks. The thing is auctions at this and of the market have very little to do with the art and a lot to do with turning cash (legal and dubious) into an asset that can be used as collateral for other things. This isnt about building a collection or appreciating art and most of the major collectors I know have a certain distaste for auctions. Interesting that Jerry’s segment for NBC news got cut after it was taped. hmmm…

Here is a fascinating article about whether art can effect science… answer is yes. Science like most professions has certain preoccupations driven by what people believe and one great thing about art is it can present different epistemologies…. ones that can be tested scientifically. Sometimes, one has to see something to believe it is worth testing. I’ve always loved the odd hems and seams (seems?) that are woven into to the art/science dialectic. That also means that art is not some isolated cul-de-sac of civilization. It can express idiomatic world views rather than just illustrating them. The work wich seems like a trange outlier is actually quite important… it can be a different understanding knocking on the accepted ideas. Something that has been increasingly rarer to find in art and politics… both of which have been losing their more supple approach to connecting with people. Sometimes you have to challenge something to keep it valid and capable of fixing themselves. Freedom and liberty are two of those things. Science and Art are both crucial, it was making both science and art available to the public that lead to greater liberties. The second those things stop being free range and directed by ideologues things get worse for all but a few.

Which is a great segue… No, artspeak generally is not used to disseminate actual research as art. It is a special kind of careerist sublimation of how and why certain art operates. True some research works (notice how Andrea Geyer’s dialog around this show was pretty direct… and arguably the last “Great” visart thing I’ve seen PICA do) but more often it is just code for, “dont challenge my all important CV.” In fact, anything is fair game and in a time where institutional rigging and tampering effected a major political election I’d say that no amount of research actually justifies work. Instead, its the way art reveals the mortar that holds various bricks of civilization together… or even how those walls fail that makes art and critical assessment (which requires comprehension of goals and intentions) important.

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