Rick's 7 Links

Inside Buenos Aires tagged us to participate in TripBaseBlog’s travel meme. The idea is to assess your blog’s history and feature posts that new readers haven’t seen or ones that might have fallen through the cracks.

So, here’s my 7 links.

Juanele’s most beautiful post

The first link and it’s the hardest. This is an arts blog, after all. Although beauty is not always what art has to or should be about, it’s not surprising that folks like pretty pictures. I’m more attracted to photographs in the documentary tradition, regardless of the beauty of their subject matter. For me, the beauty resides as much in the act of capturing as it does in what’s in front of the camera. In that way, Alfredo Srur’s interview and portfolio had the biggest impact on me. His beautiful, exciting and yes, somewhat titillating photos of Argentine porn stars and their families not only document, even celebrate, life at the margins of Argentine society, they also interrogate the role of the photographer in that documentation.

Here’s a partial list of the nominations from our freelancers and staff:

Kristen Moreau nominates Gretchen Gardner’s bio of expat photographer Jocelyn Mandryk whose loving portraits shot on her travels charms consistently.

Gabriela Schevach recommends her own review of Gabriel Valansi’s installation Babel because of the striking photographs by the artist.

Claire Jon Sadeghzadeh loved the interview with Lena Szankay and her “hauntingly beautiful” portfolio.

Ariel Authier found visually compelling Román Vitali’s weekend portfolio. I’m really sorry I missed that exhibition.

Juanele’s most popular post

During the busy, arty month of May, when all of Buenos Aires focused on arteBA, Juanele AR received its highest pageviews ever. Leading that surge was Ariel Authier’s astute review of the fair’s Petrobras prize, La belleza asoma su horrible cabeza, de nuevo. That’s our most popular post in Spanish. In English, Carla Harm’s sassy Taking It All Off at Pabellon 4 proves that asses attract eyeballs.

Juanele’s most controversial post

Generating a bunch of heated comments and landing in the top 10 of our most visited posts, my own Bomb the homeless! is undoubtably Juanele’s most controversial post. Besides being a lot of fun to write, I was happy to finally have something critical to say about the art scene here. Although our goal is to promote Argentine art, I worry that we’ll start writing like cheerleaders or PR people, and that serves no one well. There was a furious back and forth, some Argentines joined in and I think everyone learned something.

By all accounts, Callie Humphrey put on a considerably less culturally and politically tone-deaf event the last time Concrete=Canvas intervened in Buenos Aires. That’s great and I hope she returns to do more cool stuff. But we still chuckle when we see her angels on the art walk. Without knowing their history, they’re not so bad really.

Juanele’s most helpful post

I still refer back to Ariel Authier’s informative rundown of art bookstores in Buenos Aires and Gabriela Schevach’s subtly mischievous history of Patio del Liceo introduces everyone to one of the city’s most important emerging venues for young artists.

A post whose success surprised you

I guess I’m not surprised that our call for Artist-in-Residence page received so many hits. But, I am surprised considering the amount of traffic that we received so few submissions. Guess they were expecting lotsa pesos? Maybe next year.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

I was surprised to find that random blog posts were getting more traction than Paul Katz’s lead feature article last week, Comics to remember. His coverage of CCR’s Memoria ilustrada, commemorating the car-bomb attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, is a timely reminder that popular art forms can address serious topics and that serious topics are, you know, still around. Did no one want to click because it was political? Because there’s a bias against comics? And I don’t even want to ask the next logical question. Nevertheless, I hope you check out the post and the exhibit at CCR.

The post that you are most proud of

Personally, I’m most proud of my The tags of Corona, a short profile of one of Buenos Aires’ coolest street artists. I’ve yet to meet an Argentine street artist whom I didn’t want to hang out with but Pol’s onda affects everyone at Juanele similarly: We just wanna do things for him. He certainly inspired me.

I was also quite proud to have published Paul Katz’s first feature for Juanele, The energy of open art, also concerning street artists in Buenos Aires. Great writing, Paul!

There’s a depth of content on Juanele AR about art in Buenos Aires unmatched anywhere on the Internet in English. Even if Google doesn’t think so yet. Stupid Google. We hope you take the time to explore by browsing our archives, using the search field on the top of the right sidebar or by hitting this random button below.

[button link="http://juanelear.com/?random" color="red"]Random Post[/button]

Between 250-300 separate posts — not just the ones featured on the homepage — are hit and discovered more than once every week, even without Google’s help. I’m mighty proud of that.

Check out the rules for this meme here.

In my turn, I’m nominating the following blogs to participate:

Salt Shaker
Lisa Goldapple
Bacon Is Magic
Yes, There Is Such a Thing As a Stupid Question


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