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Meditation Number 100

It finally happened.

After two years and three months, the series of short talks on art that I called Meditations on Art has finally arrived at the original target of 100.

In addition to being a discussion of a painting by Shinique Smith, this one is also a short review of what I've learned after doing 100 videos, or three hours' worth of playing time, or 30,000 words of writing, and currently 97,000 views on YouTube.

One of the things I learned: the more you do it, the more people respond. After the first 50, the YouTube channel had only received a couple of thousand views. Now it seems to be getting 1,000 each week.

I also learned, as I said in the above talk, that far more of them than I realised are about white, male artists -- not intrinsically a bad thing, perhaps, but it certainly wasn't part of my original plan, which was to display, if only to myself, that I have a broad taste in art.

The story of where I got the title for the series from is here.

And now that I've got to 100, am I going to stop? Not at all. I intend to continue, without a set limit this time, and talk almost exclusively about living artists.

It seems like I have some catching up to do.


  1. You should talk to my ex Amna at the Slade, Phil. Did you ever meet her? She studies, promotes and critiques many black and other ethnically "minor" artists, particularly from a political, post-colonial perspective, as I understand it. She could def loosen up yo tight-assed ethnocentrism...! Jon


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