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ISSN 0160-0699

Volume 29, No. 3, Sep 2006

Art Reader/Umbrella Museum/News

Up from the Underground by Holland Cotter, relating to an exhibition of Ray Johnson, Rudy Burkhart and Peter Hujar at Vassar College, is must reading for those interested in artists who shared a personality type and an invisibility in The New York Times for 6 August 2006.

Thanks to a Matchmaker, the Joy of Printmaking by Hilarie M. Sheets in the Arts & Leisure Section of the NY Times for 13 August 2006.

The Philosopher Stoned by Adam Kirisch about Walter Benjamin’s experimentations in The New Yorker for 21 August.

Hi, Let’s Talk Art. No Really. It’s My Job. discusses the Guggenheim guide in NY Times for 6 August.

When He Said Jump… by Owen Edwards tells the story of Halsman and his “jumping” portraits of famous people. It’s Halsman’s 100th anniversary so this anecdotal article is perfect. In the Smithsonian for October. There is an article about the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama with gorgeous full-color illustrations.

I Remember MOMA by Calvin Tomkins in The New Yorker for 25 September.

Artlink for September 2006 features the second in a biennial of mid-career artists called Currents 2 with stunning essays and illustrations of these artists. Included is a eulogy to Noel Sheridan (1936-2006) founder of the Experimental Art Foundation and a charismatic personality., as well as Peter Townsend, the editor of Art Monthly Australia.

Zoom for May-June features Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin with images from their Lisa Sette Gallery exhibition and a full-fledged long interview about their history and their projects.

The Art Book’s Last Stand? by Christopher Lyon in the Art in America issue for September 2006 is a must!

Artquake with photographs by Ari Marcopoulos and text by Bruce Hainley features Los Angeles as the new epicenter of the art world-whatever that means. New York Times Magazine, 1 October 2006.


The International Guide to Art Fairs and Antiques Shows, 2006/2007 Season (from 1 September 2006 through 31 August 2007. Published yearly by Artmediaco Incorporation, 799 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. $15.00. To subscribe, e-mail or go to website:

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Contributions to Umbrella Museum

Anna Banana, Claire Isaacs, Judy Goodstein


One of the five winners in the Smithsonian Magazine’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest was Pang Piow Kan, Age 60, of Penang, Malaysia, who recorded a tribute to the ancestors of people living in bali’s Sanur region, where family members gather around a nearby beach, offer prayers, and then release gifts into the ocean. The white parasols surround the dragon-decorated altar. See August 2006 issue of The Smithsonian.

Note in the LA Times commemorating an event on 5 October 1908: A ’tall, well-built woman of stylish mode, wearing rimless spectacles and carrying a sunshade” attacked a conductor after the Pico Heights streetcar on which she was riding went past her stop, reported The Times.

She claimed that the conductor hadn’t called the street, even though he had, The Times said. She kept complaining, blocking the aisle, until he tried to push her aside so passengers could get off at Pico Boulevard and Westlake Ave.

“Turning furiously on the conductor, she struck him several times with her parasol and once or twice with her fist,” The Times said. “In doing so, her spectacles dropped and were broken.”

In the ensuing scuffle, the woman knocked the conductor onto the street. He pulled her off, boarded and left her standing in the street as the trolley departed.