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Robbin Murphy
677 Lincoln Place #6
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(otherwise known as the first crackhouse on the left off Bedford)

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Brian Holmes isn't Brad Pitt

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Reading Brian Holmes on nettime I envisioned him as Brad Pitt via Che. Well, he's not. But as a dude channeling Ranciere and new ways of looking at art he's very OK:

Democracy in America: Brian Holmes from Creative Time on Vimeo.

Oranges and Sardines: Artist Talk

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11/9/08 -- Curator Gary Garrels in conversation with artists Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool.

Long and not very informative but for the sublime Mary Heilmann and the silent Wade Guyton. Wool is, as usual, an ass. Sillman and von Heyl are pedantic. At one point the question was raised about new models. How about Jacques Rancière:

Yes, Greenberg is important but, really, Mary Heilmann attempting to seduce Robert Smithson with painting is so much more engaging.

Everybody talks about the weather, we don't.

The Way Things Go

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20 November to 20 December 2008

Python is a popular programming language that makes a chunk of our world
work, but not always dependably. It runs and is a staple of
Google and Wall Street. It is named after Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and
by tradition, examples showing how to use the language quote from Monty


Your guess is as good as mine as to what this means. Zaha Hadid is designing shoes for Lacoste and I really want that Thomas Demand polo. So it seems as if I've found myself at some crossroad. As of this moment I don't know if the wearable magazine will be available at Macy's but we're having a big meeting Wednesday so maybe I'll know after that. But wouldn't Warhol be thrilled? Too bad he's dead.

If you would like to discuss the aesthetic implications of this I'm in residence at the Macy's Lacoste on 34th Street in New York, 2nd Floor Men's Store:

TUE 11/11 1:15 AM - 9:30 PM
WED 11/12 10 AM - 6 PM
THU 11/13 10 AM - 6 PM
MON 11/17 12:45 PM- 9:30 PM
TUE 11/18 8 AM - 4:45 PM
WED 11/19 2:15 PM - 11:00 PM
THU 11/20 10 AM - 6:45 PM
SAT 11/22 10 AM - 6:45 PM

Banksy's Village Petstore & Charcoal Grill video

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This was a charming little piece of street art but perhaps I felt that way about it because I saw it after a bad day at work. In any case I'm tired of galleries so I support this sort of effort by default. As with the Chanel Art Container, which I also enjoyed in spite of the art, whether it's good or bad art is still up in the air.

"Sculpture in the Expanded Field" download

"Toward the center of the field there is a slight mound, a swelling in the earth, which is the only warning given for the presence of the work. Closer to it, the large square face of the pit can be seen, as can the ends of the ladder that is needed to descend into the excavation. The work itself is thus entirely below grade: half atrium, half tunnel, the boundary between outside and in, a delicate structure of wooden posts and beams. The work, Perimeters, Pavilions, Decoys, 1978, by Mary Miss, is of course a sculpture or, more precisely, an earthwork."



murphblog: Friday, September 12, 2008


Last night, 9/11, I locked myself out of my apartment. Not quite a terrorist attack but to any New Yorker a nightmare nonetheless. This was, I suppose, a repercussion from my saying, cheerily, "happy 9/11", to our customers when they arrived at Macy's looking for bargains.

murphblog: Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Eastern Parkway is back to its usual calm decrepitude the morning after Carnival and I sit, as usual, on a bench drinking my Dunkin' Donuts coffee and maybe eat a bagel. No overripe women dancing in scanty feathered costumes or gangbangers, just the usual Jewish women jogging in their long skirts, wigs and iPods; Spanish men walking beautifully groomed dogs; a few of the usual leftover drunks.

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