Wishful Reading: Art as Art, Electronic Media, Theory, Generatif

Step One: Invent time machine with comfortable reading situation.
Step Two: Acquire the following.

Art and Electronic Media

Walter Benjamin, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project

Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, The Medium is the Massage, 1967

Edward Shanken, Art and Electronic Media, Phaidon, 2009

Edward Shanken, Art and Electronic Media Online Companion, 2013

Lev Manovich, Software Takes Command, 2008-2013

Lev Manovich, Soft Cinema, 2002-2005

Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media, 2001

New Media Art, Mark Tribe, 2006

New Media: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition, 2009, Martin Lister

Domenico Quaranta, In Your Computer, 2011

Domenico Quaranta, Beyond New Media Art, 2013

Domenico Quaranta, The F.A.T. Manual, 2013

Expanded Internet Art and Information Milieu, Cici Moss, Rhizome, 2013-12-19

Curating in the Time of Algorithms, Christian Nagler and Joseph del Pesco, Fillip, Issue 15, 2011


Preparation readings from DMA, UCLA and BCNM, UCB


Design By Numbers, John Maeda

Computational Information Design, Ben Fry, 2004, Dissertation, MIT

Form+Code In Design, Art, and Architecture, Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams

Generative Design; Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing, Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Grob, Julia Laub, 2012

Visual Grammar, Christian Leborg, 2004

Carsten Nicolai, Fades

Carsten Nicolai, Static Fades

Carsten Nicolai, Moire Index

Grapefruit, Yoko Ono, 1964, 1971

Acorn, Yoko Ono, 2013


Earth Wind Interactive Graphic


Inkjet is the New Black Painting

Scott Rothkopf discussing Wade Guyton’s eight-panel painting Untitled (2008), 2013-01-11, WhitneyFocus on YouTube

Andrew Fisher and Christine S. Kim discuss Wade Guyton’s painting, 2013-02-28, WhiteneyFocus on YouTube.

“James Kalm” aka Loren Munk on video walkthrough of Wade Guyton’s OS show at the Whitney Museum, 2012-10-05.

Visual Culture, Aesthetics, Perception

James Turrell: A Retrospective, Michael Govan, Christine Y. Kim, Prestel, 2013

Emblemata, James Turrell, 2000, Segura Publishing Company, Tempe, AZ

Emblemata Sacra: Spe, Fide, Charitate, Guilelmus Hesius, 1636

Heraldry Symbols and Meanings, ThemesAchievement Elements, Animal Attitude, List of Heraldic Charges, Variations of the Field, Heraldic Phantasy Creatures

Light and the Artist, Thomas Wilfred, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, June 1947

Marcel Minnaert, Light and Color in the Outdoors, 1995, ISBN 0387979352

Marcel Minnaert, Light and Color in the Open Air, 1954

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 2013, ISBN 1045834333

James J. Gibson, The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, 1986, ISBN 0898599598

James J. Gibson, The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems, 1966

ABC Art, Barbara Rose, October 1965, Art in America

Art and Objecthood, Michael Fried, Artforum, Summer 1967

Robert Morris, Notes on Sculpture, Part 3, Artforum, Summer 1967

Rudolf Arnheim, A Plea for Visual Thinking, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Spring, 1980), pp. 489-497

Rudolf Arnheim, The Power of the Center, 1988

Rudolf Arnheim, New Essays on the Psychology of Art, 1986. Esp. “The Double-edged Mind: Intuition and the Intellect”, “The Tools of Art-Old and New”, “Emotion and Feeling in Psychology and Art”

Agnes Martin:Writings, Agnes Martin, 2005, ISBN 3775716114

Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, Arne Glimcher, 2012, ISBN 3775716114

Hal Foster, Vision and Visuality, 1988, Dia Art Foundation

Free is the Only Option

The GNU Manifesto, Richard Stallman, 1985-2014

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, Aaron Swartz, 2008

Copy Culture in the US and Germany, 2013, ISBN 978-1481985925

Piracy is the Future of Television, Abigail De Kosnik, Convergence Culture Consortium, 2010

Online Piracy And China’s American TV Drama Fanatics, Ousha Yang, Disintermediators, 2013-05-01

In Praise of Copying, Marcus Boon, 2010, ISBN 978-0-674-04783-9

Peter Lunenfeld, The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading, 2011, MIT Press

Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report, A Report to the College Art Association, February 2014

Pew Internet Libraries, Pew Internet & American Life Project. See: The Rise of E-Reading, 2012. E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps, 2014.  Reading Habits in Different Communities, 2012. Library Services in the Digital Age, 2013. From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers and Beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America, 2014

Simon Parkin, The $5.7 Million Magazine Illustration, The New Yorker, 2014-02-20

Randy Kennedy, Richard Prince Settles Copyright Suit With Patrick Cariou Over Photographs, NYT, 2014-03-18

Randy Kennedy, Court Rules in Artist’s Favor, NYT, 2013-04-13

Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp, Digital Humanities, 2012, MIT Press

Virtueel Platform Research: Born-Digital Kunstwerken In Nederland, English summary and recommendations, 2012 Project Conservation Media Art Collection, Netherlands.

Institutional Critique, Commodity Fetishism

Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Alexander Alberro and Blake Stimson, 2009, MIT Press

Thoughts on Art Education, Rudolf Arnheim, 1990

Alternatives, Coco Fusco, Brooklyn Rail, Feb 5, 2013

Race in the Land of MFA, Alex Gallo-Brown, May 28, 2013

Art Schools: A Group Crit, AIA, 2007

An Artist’s Education, Thomas Lawson, The Core Program, catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2008

9.5 Theses on Art and Class, Ben Davis, 2013

After Art, David Joselit, 2013, ISBN 978-0-691-15044-4

What Is a Warhol? The Buried Evidence, Richard Dorment, NYT, June 20, 2013

Red Obsession: The vintage of the century in the year of the Dragon, 2012

The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, Hans Belting/Andrea Buddensieg/Peter Weibel, 2013, MIT , ISBN 0262518341

Michael H. Miller, Ways Forward: What’s Next for the Dia Art Foundation?, 2014-02-04, galleristny

Michael H. Miller, Philippe Goes to Hollywood: With Vergne In Place as New Director, L.A. MOCA Looks to the Future, 2014-02-05, galleristny

Visual Forms of Gentrification vs. Ruin

Rosalyn Deutsche, Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics, 1996, MIT press

The Fine Art of Gentrification, Rosalyn Deutsche and Cara Gendel Ryan, October, Vol. 31, Winter 1984

Rebecca Solnit, Get Off the Bus, London Review of Books, Feb 20, 2014.

Kim Velsey, It’s Not About Yuppies Anymore: Gentrification Has Changed and So Has New York, New York Observer, 2014-02-06.

How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson, Longreads, The Atlantic, 2014

Andy Rachleff, You Need Equity To Live In Silicon Valley,May 22 2013

Mission 20th Street Neighborhood Group, various email correspondence

The Embedded Landscape of Gentrification, Jason Patch, Visual Studies, October, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2004

Residues of a Dream World: The High Line, 2011, Michael Cataldi, David Kelley, Hans Kuzmich, Jens Maier-Rothe and Jeannine Tang, Theory Culture Society, 2011

The Name Game


According to a delightful entry in the book I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette, one often-successful conversational gambit in artist-to-artist scenarios is gentle conversation about other artists, preferably ones safely not present.

On the internet, one can never be too safe. So, the criteria morphs to a more restrictive subset: those excellent artists in any medium, now deceased. Older may mean safer, but landmines persist: be careful out there, the road from A to Z can be trecherous. For a bit of added nuance, architects, type designers, etc. are also allowed if those playing the game are so inclined or wish to make an inclusive statement.

Apparently, it is customary to start with the first letter of the alphabet. As such, and without further delay:


Adams, Ansel

Albers, Josef

Alexander, Christopher

Ángel, Abraham

Audubon, John James

Arbus, Diane

Asawa, Ruth


Basquait, Jean-Michel

Beuys, Joseph

Boullée, Étienne-Louis

Brâncuși, Constantin

Bravo, Manuel Álvarez

Burnham, Daniel


Cage, John

Calder, Alexander

Capa, Robert

Cunningham, Imogen


da Vinci, Leonardo

Dalí, Salvador

Daguerre, Louis

Duchamp, Marcel


Eiffel, Gustave

Escher, M.C.


Fee, James


González-Torres, Félix

Goya, Francisco


Hiroshige, Utagawa


Ireland, David


Judd, Donald


Kahlo, Frida

Kahn, Louis

Kiitsu, Suzuki

Klein, William

Klein, Yves


Lissitzky, El


Martin, Agnes

Matisse, Henri


Miró, Joan

Moore, Charles Lee


Nevelson, Louise

Noguchi, Isamu


Obata, Chiura

Oliveira, Nathan


Picasso, Pablo



Rauschenberg, Robert

Ray, Man

Rivera, Diego

Rothko, Mark


Siqueiros, David Alfaro

Siskind, Aaron

Skiold, Birgit

Soleri, Paolo


Talbot, William Fox

Twombly, Cy




Warhol, Andy

Wilfred, Thomas

Wright, Frank Loyd




Zapf, Hermann

(Off the internet, on rare occasion, there is another overlay.)


Useful links into the Getty Research Institute Art and Architecture Thesaurus.

A allover patterns, appraising, ambiguity, antiquities (object genre), arabic numerals, archipelago, anti-art, architectural follies, archives (groupings), artifacts (digital), artifacts (scientific), artificial light, artificial ruins, artists’ books, artists’ collectives, astronomical charts

B brilliant orange, brush stroke,

C cancellation marks, cast shadows, chops, color-field, complexity, collages, complexity (too much), combines, conceptual art, crop marks, criticism, cultural artifacts, cyanotype

D dark archives, derelict buildings, diamond (mineral), diplomacy, distressed type, distressed silvering, drip painting, documentation (activity)

E energy consumption, enso, error, error (post script), error (clipping), error (compression artifact),  error (resolution), electrostatic, exposed frame construction,

F fake, fade, fibonacci numbers, fineness (thinness), flattery, flow, foliation (pattern), found objects, fraud, free form

G gauging plaster, generative art, geometric patterns, gilding (technique), glare, golden hour, golden ratio, guilloche

H hairline, haze, hybridity, hypotrochoid

I ieee-802.11, imperfection, ink washes, intaglio printing, inkjet, intensity (color property), image/text, institutional critique

J jadeite, journeys

K king tide

L laser prints, lapis lazuli (color range), layering, legal instruments, LEDs, light art, line copy, longest night, lost works

M marginalia (annotations), mass production, metallic (color attribute), mistake, maintenance art

N notan, nostalgia

O optical illusion, observatories, opacity,

performance on paper, philippines, photogravure, photographic techniques (alternatives), photocollage, piracies (forgeries), public art, production, production scars


R ray, ripple, radiate, raster graphics, repetition, ruins

S screen printing, sculpture techniques, silent film, silver, swarm, software, social media, sunglint, sumi, sunlight through the day

T tarnish, tidal wave, time, typography, tesselation

U unfinished

V vector graphics, visualization


X xerography