The Cultural Evolution of Art and the Net

December 22, 2014 3:36 PM

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It is interesting to consider Jean-Michel Basquiat and Al Diaz had the first Twitter accounts. Their SAMO tag (along with accompanying phrases) in certain spots around New York's downtown during the late 1970's became part of the landscape to the point that the SoHo News began publishing pictures of their tags, thus creating followers, which led to more tagging, feedback and commentary. The rest is art history. It seemed the Net Age had begun and it started on the side of a building.

Jumping ahead 30 plus years, on a December evening in Kansas City, a small gathering sits around an iPad to Skype artist Eric Fickes in the Subterranean Gallery, an apartment gallery close to the Kansas City Art Institute. An informal Q&A led by director Melaney Mitchell presents questions to Fickes...

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