We’re almost a generation into the digital/online era. The web has been mainstream for about 20 years, blogs for about 10 years , Twitter for almost four. Now seems about when we might expect to see a major museum survey of an artist who lives or shares much of his career online, no?
Sure enough, this fall the Walker Art Center will present a Siri Engberg-curated Alec Soth retrospective. The show opens this weekend. By my reckoning, Soth is the first ‘online figure’ to receive a major museum, career-length survey. (Zoe Strauss, whose retrospective will touch down at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in early 2012 may be the second. Paul Chan might be in the running, but he’s probably a bit less present digitally than Soth and the New Museum isn’t the Walker. Readers: Other candidates?) [Image: Alec Soth, Charles, Vasa, Minnesota, 2002.]
How easy is Soth to find online? Here’s my list of where to find his sites (did I miss anything?):
- On his own website, alecsoth.com;
- On his blog, Little Brown Mushroom;
- On his ‘old’ blog, which he published in 2006-07, which was probably the first really, really good artist blog on the web. The archives are highly recommended browsing;
- On Twitter @lbmbooks;
- On Tumblr at Little Brown Miscellanea (thanks to commenter Paul!);
- On Flickr, where Soth and the Walker have created a series of group projects that are linked to his artistic process. First up: “From Here to There”; and
- There are a couple new conversations/interviews with Soth up on the Walker’s website: One with Engberg and another with Bartholomew Ryan.
Also, I haven’t seen the show’s catalogue yet, but the cover looks fantastic.