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Artnet Magazine Suddenly Ceases to Exist

June 29th, 2012 • Paul H-O
Artnet ceases to exist

It happened so quickly. It was over before we, the public, knew it. It happened on Monday. I don't know for sure but it's well-known SOP for corporate departmental extermination to give no warning but to blitz the targeted employees with pink slips before they can reciprocate the gift. The targets were all the employees of artnet.com magazine. My call and emails to Walter Robinson have gone unanswered. There is so little information issued from artnet itself or Walter about the the end of the magazine.

There's quite a bit I could say about artnet Magazine since I began writing for artnet in 1996 with the first team of journalists Walter chose to launch the first major online art magazine in the world. It was, during it's tenure as the coffee shop of daily art chatter, the most visited online art portal to date.

I think it's bad sign, but a reality of an art world that is dangerously inflated in valuation, as well as self-importance. We can now surmise that the privilege of working in the glamorous world of art is thin ice at best, so it's safe to say it's a good business if you already have money and don't need to make money.

We Are Kickstarting a New Film - EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK

May 24th, 2012 • Paul H-O
Bloody tiltles

We/I have run several spots in the past year about THE MERCER STREET MEDICAL CASE. It's partially produced by GalleryBeat and backers for EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK, so please check out our Kickstarter Campaign and be a backer!

GalleryBeat is certainly different than most websites in that the coverage of art and culture can morph into video coverage, text driven reporting, live shows to film projects. GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN is the reason that GalleryBeat re-emerged in it's present weird form. It was always different, everyone worked for free except the web designers it took to get it up and running in the first place. I'll be talking about the past two years and the people who contributed so much, just for the fun of it, the learning experience and pressure that comes with events we generated. What we have in the hopper are interviews and stories with photographer/performance artist Chris Verene, classic pop artist Mel Ramos, and a snapshot video with Rick Prol, the painter that emerged as an icon of the 80s East Village.

Cloud Nine @ The Front Room in Brooklyn

May 4th, 2012 • Paul H-O
Cloud Nine

Art by J. Fiber, close up, ink on paper. Cloud Nine is open until May 13

Anyway, I was at this opening (I'll have to borrow someone's snap since I didn't take any of the opening) and this show is called CLOUD NINE and it's at this Billyburg gallery, The Front Room, and it's crowded as shit, hot, the beers gone and I get introduced to this artist, Disney Nasa Borg, (?), and he's a surfer but he looks like he's from Road Warrior. So we're gabbin' about cold water when this angry little thing in glasses places herself in the middle of us, like a ref, looks up and says "excuse me but can I see the art?" and bulldozes her way to the big life size collage of a naked fat dude in a room encrusted with fast food wrappers. (by Cham Giobbi) She was a pisser that one. Why at an opening that is so damn crowded in a small room? It's not like I haven't seen it before but there is that simmering aggression of the desperate under appreciated artist that flowers in unlikely places. I appreciate her segway - so I went to the show the next day when the gallery was relatively quiet.

Photograph by Jung Nam Lee

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The Boredom with Art is About Over. A letter from the Editor

April 25th, 2012 • Paul H-O

What else can be said that the headline didn't take care of? I can't help it if there are times when art is just art and life is life and taking care of life or working on a film about doctors that I started and became all consuming and blotted out everything in it's path? I suppose working on a documentary is another form of long-form journalism. It's like I started it and it turned out I had to go to another country, medical country. But it's our country and it's our screwball heath non system and it effects everyone even if you don't think it effects you. It does. It surely will. It has more to do with art as much as it does finance. It's all connected. You'll see.

Pharmacists art the new bartenders is by Lisa Levy (aka Dr. Lisa)

The Gallerybeast Meets Streetfightin' Jesse Edwards

February 21st, 2012 • Paul H-O
Artist Jesse Edwards @ Klughaus - photo by Paul H-O 2012 GBM

Translation dubbed into English from the Italian and scraped up by this network. (bullshit) Let's just say I had to tune the edit so lips and words almost sync up.

I go to see this show because veteran artist and facebook phenom, Judy Rifka, insisted I meet her there, a gallery I never noticed was there. I'd been on that street to see the skaters and bmxers in the railed platform park under the Manhattan Bridge. In fact, I love the location. There aren't other galleries around and the hood reminds me of Flight of the Concords, which in fact, was filmed close by. Jesse Edwards is a funny, experienced street tagger artist with what I would assume is shred cred. That appeared through one comment on YTube and some asking around.

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Art Net: The Life and Times of Walter Robinson by Andrew Russeth, The Observer

January 25th, 2012 • Paul H-O
New feature on the wily and wooly star of GalleryBeat Television, the artist, critic, editor of artnet.com magazine. Walter has been a good friend since 1988 and this is a very complex matrix of sources. The article itself reminds me a good cubist painting, like a Braque, an image I wouldn't expect at all. I may change my mind, but for now I'm happy that comprehensive attention is being paid to the eminent Walter (Mike) Robinson.

The Mercer Street Medical Case (v1 part 1) 3:40

November 7th, 2011 • Paul H-O

Popular Doctor for New York's Creative Community Gets Booted by Greedy Landlord

My version of Dr. House is real. New documentary at square two is in reality in pre-production, a drama with 27 hours of real-time video about Dr. Daryl Isaacs, the uniquely brilliant and prolific internist, gives me his story of the struggle with the American medical establishment fix - all specialists and no GP's. He demonstrates in check form the insanity of "for profit health insurance' companies", Isaacs' massive patient load, and the surprising facts behind his inclusion in the hit film - SUPERSIZE ME, by then documentary director, Morgan Spurlock.

The Mercer Street Medical Case begins as a New York real estate nightmare, because Daryl Isaacs loses the lease on his medical practice and must move by the end of May. It was April and I began shooting the  more »