Glasstire turns 10!

by Bill Davenport May 4, 2011

This year, Glasstire turns 10, making it one of the oldest (and best) art websites in the country. We’re celebrating with a star-studded panel discussion at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum featuring Robert Storr, David Pagel, Toby Kamps, Michael Galbreth and Christina Rees discussing what regionalism means to the art world of the 21st century. Saturday, May 7, from 11am-2pm. Glasstire has grown over the past decade from a startup with one writer to a national presence in online arts journalism. Glasstire is the winner of the 2009 National Arts Journalism Summit in Los Angeles and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts (what’s left of it), The Houston Endowment, Inc., The Brown Foundation, and the Houston Arts Alliance.


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Tommy, Z May 5, 2011 - 11:06

A fine panel and discussion – too bad it’s not occuring in Houston.

Rainey Knudson May 5, 2011 - 12:42

We’re doing something equally wonderful in Houston this fall. Details forthcoming!

JasonM May 8, 2011 - 11:28

This was pretty cool, but, there were maybe a few issues.

First of all, who if anyone was really speaking up for “regionalism”? None of the panelists would really give it a full-throated endorsement. So, why was it chosen as the main topic? No one was there to really make the case for regionalism.

And, would it have been so bad to have a couple of slides? It’s always nice to have some examples to consider when debating an art-related topic.

The Art Guy was profane, entertaining, and totally crazy. I’m not sure if anyone in the audience would soberly agree with his ideas, but he certainly fulfilled the role of being the Artist Who Sees Things Differently.

Toby Kamps was very smart but said too little — there was probably a lot more to learn from him. For example (re: Old Weird America), is regionalism especially about the South and the past, as opposed to the Pacific Coast and the present, for example?

David Pagel had a lot of smart things to say about L.A. but not much about Texas – the latter in common with the other panelists. Yes it’s great to have national eminences but don’t we want to prod them to say more about this land here, and/or Glasstire? Rob Storr was also full of many good ideas but short on TX observations – except for praising the Modern for including Alain Jacquet, Villegle and Jess in the “Pop collection” – a very interesting point but one gleaned from 10 minutes of viewing before the talk. Christina Rees was surprisingly polite and respectful – she did a great job and even tried to get Toby Kamps to say more.

If only it could have been more than an hour!


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