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Not bribery


Ever since I wrote that post about Mei-Ling Hom and mentioned the difference between bribery and cultivating a network from an Asian point of view, networks have been cropping up all around me.

Here are five instance from just yesterday and today.

The Wood Turning Center is hosting a conference, Wood 2005, Sept. 21 to 25, and a number of galleries and other places in town and the region are showing wood-related shows. Here’s the list: The Clay Studio, Hurong Lou Gallery, Painted Bride Art Center (showing contributor Shelley Spector, who also runs Spector Gallery), Philip and Murial Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Schmidt/Dean Gallery (showing Susan Hagen), Snyderman-Works Gallery, Wexler Gallery, Moderne Gallery, Nakashima Studio, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of the Arts, Wharton Esherick Museum and Winterthur. Well that’s pretty comprehensive.

A lesson for young artists: Alex Da Corte knows how to network (see previous post).

A lesson in blogville: Doug Witmer emails out a notice to his network that he’s part of J.T. Kirkland’s Q&A project on “Thinking About Art.” Also, that Witmer participated is part of the lesson. Here’s a link to Witmer’s interview.
Here’s a link to Witmer’s own blog, and here’s a link to Kirkland’s “Thinking About Art.” Another way to look at this process–if you build it, they may not come. So network.

A pair of lessons from Kirkland: He has run two projects that invite artists to talk about their work and art. This most recent one, that Witmer participated in, “Artists Interview Artists,” gives recognition to two artists for every interview (make that at least two additional readers and their networks). Today he announced that he’s making his previous such project, “One Word,” into a book. He announced it on the blog, and he announced it by email. And now I’m announcing it. Here’s a link to the info.

While I’m tossing up links, I got an email from Mark Barry, our man in Baltimore, who invariably nudges me with the kindest humor when I’m being pompous.

We don’t consider this bribery.