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10 Famous Artists on Twitter

[Updated 8/14, 10AM]

In no particular order, but the order I thought of them:

1. Richard Prince — 960 Tweets including:

See? Famous!

2. Vito Acconci — 1 Tweet:

Superfamous, but alas it’s unlikely that it’s Acconci who made the clever account. He hasn’t owned up to it that I know of. Maybe I’ll ask him at this.

3. John Lurie — 3,201 tweets including:

John Lurie just kicks ass. Example Example Example
I wanted an example from a Jim Jarmusch movie, but there weren’t even clips on YouTube. Someone tweet me something great and I’ll add it.

Here’s a great John Lurie clip:

4. Marilyn Minter — 410 tweets including:

How awesome is that? I thought I knew Marilyn Minter’s work pretty well, but I’d never seen anything like this before.

5. Hank Willis Thomas — 8,142 tweets including:

This guy is prolific in his art and prolific on social media. Mostly tweets about his own work, but his work is great so we forgive him.

6. Raymond Pettitbon — 9,860 tweets including:


Have fun deciphering! I once spent about an hour with a friend working on one of these. It’s like cryptic crossword clues in the London Times. BURMA SHAVE!

7. Yoko Ono — 5,630 tweets including:

Ooooooooh, Yooooookooooooo.

8. Queen Latifah — 921 tweets including:

(Kidding, but does anyone read past the first couple?)

8. Nayland Blake — 6,434 tweets including:

(That was the real 8 for those paying attention.)

9. Bo Bartlett — 3,318 tweets including:

(And now I’m just shouting myself out. Shameless.) Bo’s rad though. Paintings all over the US in probably a dozen twenty-three (23) museums and public collections. His sweet and lovely wife Betsy Eby is also great on Twitter! I’d have included her outright, but Bo’s more famouser. For now.

10. William “G.E.N.I.U.S.” Powhida — 19,564 tweets including:

(Bill’s famous, right?)

10. AA Bronson (What? I had two 8’s, I can have two 10’s.) — 582 tweets including:

Hasn’t tweeted for a month or so since arriving in Germany, but he’s definitely super famous from when he was in that bluesy American rock band from Houston with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard.

Update 1 – 2am-ish.

Who am I missing? So far, I’ve gotten a few suggestions on Twitter. Still editing. Maybe.

Update 2 – Added blurbs about Marilyn Minter, Raymond Pettitbon, Hank Willis Thomas, and Bo Bartlett. Other famous artists will be in a forthcoming 10 (More) Famous Artists on Twitter if you put them in the comments, I’ll credit you! I’ve definitely got to add Mickalene Thomas, Tom Sachs, and others…

10,000 Best Museum Apps for Android

App-DowloadsSo I downloaded a bunch of museum apps (15, not 10,000) I’d never tried before…

ADHD synopsis: Elles at Seattle Art Museum was my favorite. What’s yours?

These were all actually pretty good as I’d downloaded them based on favorable reviews in the electronic store. Note also, that I’ve had apps from MoMA, LACMA, Guggenheim, etc.  on my phone for a while. This is just a roundup of what I found that I hadn’t seen or tried before.

I found that some of my favorite apps were no more than an illustrated audio tour, but the content was well-written and compelling. In short, you don’t need to wow me with your newfangled app technologies, just give me information presented in a compelling way and show me what you’re talking about and I’m happy.

High marks for High Museum of Art “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” Rodin Museum, Museum of London (Google maps-based; cool esp. if you’re in London), Istanbul Modern, and all of the Korean museum apps (these and several others produced by the Korea Tourism Organization), which have some of the highest production values and are definitely worth checking out.

The “Smart Museum” is only a smart choice if you want museums in Russia. It’s a pretty solid seeming listing of hundreds if not thousands of Russian museums and has nothing to do with the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, as I had thought it would. It definitely made me long for an exploratory spelunk in the museums of the former CCCP.

83° – Haze.

Random, possibly helpful, screenshots:

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Curate Award: Anyone’s Curatorial Project Can Be a Reality (If Their Idea Is Good Enough)

Curate Award, “a global search for curatorial talent,” co-presented by Fondazione Prada & Qatar Museums Authority, was announced this morning in Venice as thousands flood into the city for the 55th Venice Biennale. Curate is a broadly defined competition that’s open to the public to apply. Whoever submits the most compelling idea in a two-minute video will have their project become a reality!
The award was announced by Jean-Paul Engelen, Head of Public Art, Qatar Museums Authority; Astrid Welter, Project Director, Fondazione Prada; Abdellah Karroum, newly appointed Director of Mathaf (Modern & Contemporary Art Museum in Doha); and Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is one of the Curate judges. (L to R in the above photo)Speaking about the evolution of who’s played the role of curator over the years, Obrist hoped that the Curate Award might push it further. “There are relatively few curating prizes which allow the project to become real,” he said.
For inspiration, Curate Award shared artist Bill Viola’s idea for “The World as a Living Organism” on their Facebook page:
A curator to send a selected group of artists, musicians, poets and dancers into outer space to orbit our planet so that they may see themselves and the entire world as one single living organism and share their experiences through their creations.

Looks like this one is wide open folks. I would’ve said the sky was the limit, but if Bill Viola’s idea is any indication… Good luck curatin’!

428079_336362599823719_1586457009_nDeadline December 31, 2013. More info and application details:

2012 in Review – Some Unwanted Search Traffic


Some visitors came searching, mostly for museum nerd, ass women, brooklyn museum, museumnerd, and museum websites.

Writing about “bad ass women” museum directors seems to have gotten me some unwanted search traffic. Oh well.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


James Huang The Gospel of Skills at AUXILIARY PROJECTS

Great “Rough Cuts” by James Kalm on James Huang’s brilliant sculptures at Auxiliary Projects in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Watch more on MUSEUMNERD TELEVISION here:

[Eyebeam Presents] #ArtsTech: Privacy/Identity

Copied and pasted (a bit remixed) from here:

[Eyebeam Presents] #ArtsTech: Privacy/Identity

In the age of “transparency” and big data, questions around privacy and identity loom large. While some people want to create what are essentially “driver’s licenses for the web” that will link back to your personal identity wherever you go online (i.e. Google+, Facebook profiles), others warn of the costs associated with giving up our right to anonymity and what this might mean for free speech and censorship online. This is a BIG topic that affects all of us as denizens of the web, and in this meetup we’ll merely be skimming the surface. Our panel of speakers will present a variety of perspectives on these issues to help get the conversation started.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

  • EYEBEAM | 540 W 21st St, New York, NY (map)

  • Price: $10.00/per person | Refund policy

  • Schedule:

    7:00pm – Doors. Mingling over wine and snacks provided by Tumblr

    7:30-8:45pm – Presentations and short panel discussion with the speakers

    8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine


    Museum Nerd will be giving an anonymous presentation via Skype. In lieu of a bio, he has provided us with the following crowdsourced descriptions of himself:

    “no physical description, no fixed address, no discernible motive, digs James Turrell” – @MDammit

    “social web’s most-extensive aggregator of museum exhibitions and events.” – @zoebfox

    “A source for museum-related flâneur love and general feel good art vibrations in 140 characters or less.” – @hragv

    “Museum Nerd is a nerd. A nerd of museums and the sort.” An IRL talk? Will you be wearing a mask? – @art21

    “…faster than a speeding bullet…” – @theBoBartlett

    “@museumnerd is a cultural Twitter icon (Twicon) who has been getting people interested in museums for the past [insert number] years”- @AlizaySteinberg

    “expert in collections at many museums you’ve never heard of” – @resuitener

    Since March 2010, Museum Nerd has checked in at museums 247 times on Foursquare.

    Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media strategist based in New York City. He is the author of Hacking the Future: Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web (out this month from The Overlook Press), as well as Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to explore the underground Internet meme culture factory called 4chan, and Anonymous, the hacktivist collective it spawned. His writing has appeared in SalonViceThe New York ObserverThe Huffington Post, and elsewhere. More at

    Kyle McDonald is a media artist who works with code, with a background in philosophy and computer science. He creates intricate systems with playful realizations, sharing the source and challenging others to create and contribute. Kyle is a regular collaborator on arts-engineering initiatives such as openFrameworks, having developed a number of extensions which provide connectivity to powerful image processing and computer vision libraries. For the past few years, Kyle has applied these techniques to problems in 3D sensing, for interaction and visualization, starting with structured light techniques, and later the Kinect. Kyle’s work ranges from hyper-formal glitch experiments to tactical and interrogative installations and performance. He was recently Guest Researcher in residence at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan, and is currently adjunct professor at ITP.