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I will admit I think I overreacted as I felt I was being attacked and such an attack distracts from the great things happening in Oakland art wise and the article really wasn't about me. Even "Dead Spaces" which was a big group effort was not about me. I am more concerned with giving good and great art a nod when I can and honestly covering our local art community. I recently did a similar piece for The Oakbook on Oakland based art galleries and curators who went to the Miami art fair in the larger context of the economic downturn and all not one factual error was in it. I think it was fair and I asked pretty much all participating Oakland curators at the event for their differing perspectives on it and art in Oakland. Anyways as this comment is staring to sound like a plug I'd rather stop here. I second your props to all the local cats who work their butts off in Oakland! Here, here!
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by the way, thanks for the additionof the link. The folks at this small publication work very hard and with less resources than most other media. One of our writers who covers Oakland's politics has beat nearly every other news outlet to the punch on City Hall news and has been more factual to boot. According to other journalists I know, Echa is THE resource when comes to fact checking Oakland politics.
Theo Konrad Auer
One other unfortanate thing : the commenter neglects the reporting of Todd Kerr, the editor of the Piedmont Post who has given much deserved critical love to Joyce Gordon as a curator. Many of his articles have featured her gallery and had you been there you'd have realized she has many allies in the art community media wise. I guess you didn't do your research. Joyce Gordon has a lot of class unlike the commenter sadly..oh,well...
It is also unfortunate that the tight city codes and regulations(please correct me if I am wrong at all here) that restrict brilliant experienmental music spaces such as 21 Grand are at play yet again. This space should be encouraged not discouraged by our civic leaders, frankly. I have seen many great shows there and it is crazy that less than a hundred folks are allowed to enjoy this venue now.
I would rather not use a glib, broad brush or even suppose the intention of the above comment as its troll - type speaks for itself. I am have been a published arts journalist and critic for the last few years and feel free to google me if you want to dispute that. I was "appointed" by my editors at various magazines and John Trippe of FECALFACE DOT COM if you really want to be truthful. Yes, my background is literary as opposed to art school such as other art critics like John Ashbery. I do not imagine that disqualifies him nor should it me. I also well know one should go into such a field as journalism or criticism expecting to make a whole of friends. You make your share of enemies as well as allies. I am not losing sleep over that. Go ahead and ask other founding volunteers about the beginnings of the art murmur if want to be set straight. I helped out of no other motive than to see something good happen in the city I was born and raised in. I made no money from the Lobot show and didn't really expect to. I wished to create a political dialogue and succeeded on that account. I and the other involved curators invited nearly every art space that had "died" in Oakland in the last few years and many chose to or could not participate. There was no exclusion unlike other similar Oakland focused survey shows. Adam Hatch of Hatch Gallery and Lobot co - curated the show with Derek Weisberg and myself. It was an epic and work intensive undertaking that I am proud and priviliged to say I was a part of. A whole lot of information I gave to Rachel Swan was not used, including the full list of curators for that show.
I must say it is pretty weak you chose to slander me without even giving out your name. You certainly do your cause no favors. I hope that Oakland's art world continues to grow and maintain its creativity and health irregardless of whether the artist or gallery in question chooses to participate in the Art Market or not.
Oh, and it's "Boontling" not "Bootling."
- Theo Konrad Auer
Art Correspondent/Critic with TheOakbook and other art magazines/online publications
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