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by Claire Ruud

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      Logan Grider
      Double-Dealing, 2009
      Oil on canvas on panel
      20.5 x 25.5 inches
      Courtesy the artist and Okay Mountain

      Lori Waxman, the 60 WRD/MIN Art Critic, spent three days in Austin at the beginning of the summer, and her performance at Arthouse sparked a series of conversations about art criticism among …might be good’s writers. Waxman spent three days sitting at a desk in the window of Arthouse writing 200 word reviews. She reviewed the work of any artist lucky enough to get an appointment with her, and she wrote each review in 20 minutes flat.

      One premise of the 60 WRD/MIN Art Critic project is that it puts “the review” up for review. So it seems fitting that artists should review Waxman’s work. Back in July, artist Eric Zimmerman offered a mixed review of the performance on Cablegram. In this issue of …might be good, a few more artists—artists whose work Waxman reviewed at Arthouse—weigh in on the project. In keeping with the spirit of Waxman’s attempt to shake up the relationship between critic and artist, I am going to abstain from comment and let the artists speak for themselves here.

      This issue also features two interviews. First, Terry Galloway addresses failure, performance and the queer beginnings of the legendary Esther’s Follies. Then, Eduardo Xavier García talks about curating the work of young Latino artists in what Garcia sees as a post-identity era. Also, check out …might be good recommends to find out what’s required viewing at the opening of Austin's fall season.

      Stay tuned for our first official issue of Fall 2009, in which Dan Boehl will reflect on Chuck Close: A Couple Ways of Doing Something at AMOA and I'll give you the scoop about the latest round of Artpace residencies and introduce you to Subtext Projects, an experimental collaborative of curators based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

      Claire Ruud is Editor of ...might be good.


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