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Vernissage TV
by Andy Ritchie

As the Bay Area Now curators conceded, local identity in the arts is mischievously hard to define. If that’s the excuse I need to go global with this suggestion, so be it. Vernissage is an unrivaled video resource, based in Switzerland, that smartly and briskly documents art exhibits and performances around the world. It’s a bit anemic in its representation of the American art frontier—y’know, anywhere west of New York—but its high quality, minimalist production, and voyeuristic appeal (just kidding?) is universally attractive. I’ll regularly read about shows in the New York Times or ArtKrush and get the vicarious boost through Vernissage the next week. It’s simple and obvious to document the visual with visual, but the idea is just now gaining traction. Are you a videographer? A tipster? Contribute here. And for the love of God, don’t watch Vernissage in your browser: Get Miro. Don’t you love hyperlinks?

--Andy Ritchie

(*Image, SITE Santa Fe Lucky Number Seven, photo by VernissageTV Didier Didier.)

Posted by Andy Ritchie on 11/17/08

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