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Spoon & Tamago Launches Redesign


Spoon & Tamago, the Nectar Ads publisher dedicated to Japanese art and design has been lovingly re-designed by its founder, artist and writer Johnny Strategy.

The new, responsive, mobile friendly site, incorporates a minimalist design with a new logo, as well as improvements for browsing.

The redesign also marks the launch of, a new tumblr that links to all the site’s articles, as well as to “lovely tidbits.”

Founded in 2007, Spoon & Tamago partnered with Nectar Ads in 2013. The site just keeps getting better, increasing its social media base and drawing numerous new readers. We’re excited to see how Spoon & Tamago develops over the coming months.

The New York Times Cites Art F City & Hyperallergic as Ambitious New Models for Art Writing

Holland Cotter points to Art F City & Hyperallergic in his latest column for the The New York Times on the influence of money in art.

“There’s no question that we need — art needs — an influx of new commentators who don’t mistake attitude for ideas, who move easily between cultures and geographies. Regular gigs in mainstream print journalism have all but dried up, but the Internet offers ambitious options in a growing number of blogazines including Art F City (edited by Paddy Johnson) and Hyperallergic (edited by Hrag Vartanian), which combine criticism, reporting, political activism and gossip on an almost-24-hour news cycle.

And although both are based in New York, they include national coverage and in a feisty mix of voices, a welcome alternative to the one-personality blog of yore. That mix would probably be even more varied, and transcultural, if a few forward-thinking, art-minded investors would infuse some serious capital into such enterprises so they could pay writers a living wage and make online freelance writing a viable way of life.”

Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex: Holland Cotter Looks at Money in Art“, The New York Times, January 17, 2014

Hyperallergic launches #ArtTalk Series in 2013 featuring Klaus Biesenbach, AA Bronson, Carlos Motta, & RoseLee Goldberg

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 10.51.50 AMThis last spring, Hyperallergic launched a new series of talks  in which leaders from the NY art world discuss their creative projects and endeavors in an open dialogue with readers. The series has so far included:

  • Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at large at The Museum of Modern Art
  • AA Bronson, co-founder of General Idea, and artist Carlos Motta
  • RoseLee Goldberg, Founder & Director of Performa, and author of Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present

Klaus Biesenbach discussed Expo 1: New York, an exhibition that was largely a response to the devastating events of Hurricane Sandy. Artists AA Bronson and Carlos Motta presented on ‘The Body, Spirit, Sex, Community, Magic and the Other’. The pair discussed the role of eroticism and sensuality in art, with Bronson modestly ruminating on the fact that his practice continues to inspire successive generations of artists. At the most recent talk, RoseLee Goldberg, discussed her passion for performance art, discussing both its history and evolution.

Held at The Bedford in Williamsburg, the reaction to the series was overwhelming, with tickets to all three events sold out in advance. The event hashtag #ArtTalk invited it’s share of praise and humor. Following the popular success of Art Talk, Hyperallergic plans to continue and expand the series. So stay tuned for further announcements!

The Fox is Black Joins Nectar Ads


The Fox is Black is a Los Angeles based art and design blog that seeks to discover and share the most interesting and inspiring parts of contemporary life and culture. The site was founded by Bobby Solomon in April of 2007 as a way of sharing ideas that range from design and culture, to music and film. The site is perhaps best known for The Desktop Wallpaper Project, a weekly showcase of work by artists and designers that are free for readers to download.

In 2011 The Fox is Black was named as Best Highbrow Arts Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Complex included the site in their 25 Most Follow Art Twitter Accounts.

The Fox is Black is a welcome addition to the Nectar Ads network. After a beautiful recent redesign, we’re excited to see how the site develops and expands over the coming months.

RJ Rushmore of Vandalog publishes his latest book: “Viral Art: how the internet has shaped art and graffiti”

RJ Rushmore, the founder and editor-in-chief of Nectar Ads publisher Vandalog, has just published his second book, Viral Art: how the internet has shaped art and graffiti.

A labor of love two and a half years in the making, Viral Art critically examines how street art and graffiti have been shaped by new communication technologies. Rushmore concludes that the future of the movements lies in the creation of “virtual interventions” over physical displays.

RJ was recently interviewed about the book by Graffuturism and received a shout out from  acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey. Last month, Hyperallergic published an extended excerpt from the book which focuses on the history of Wild Style (1983), lauded as the first major film on graffiti and hip-hop culture.

In keeping with the ethos of his subject, Viral Art can be read, downloaded, and shared with others, all for free online at

Two Coats of Paint Wins Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant


Nectar Ads Publisher Sharon Butler, author of Two Coats of Paint, has been awarded a 2013 grant by the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

Founded in 2006, the Art Writers Grant Program is designed to support writing about contemporary art, in particular, writing that is both accessible, critical, and which makes an “indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture.”  For its 2013 cycle, the program awarded a total of $619,000 to twenty writers, ranging in increments between $10,000 – $50,000.

211141_86334124631_29346_nTwo Coats of Paint reviews and reports on contemporary painting. Founded in 2007, the site was named one of the top art blogs by The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and has previously received a Mindshare Award for visual arts blog excellence.

Read more about the award in Sharon’s announcement at Two Coats of Paint.

I send a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the panelists and evaluators who read through more than 600 applications and found Two Coats of Paint worthy of support.

Two Coats is the second publisher within the Nectar Ads network to be awarded the prestigious grant. In 2008, Paddy Johnson of ArtFCity was also awarded a grant in the Blog category.

National Endowment for the Arts Interviews Colossal’s Christopher Jobson

nea-logo-960Colossal’s Creator and Editor, Christopher Jobson, was recently interviewed by the National Endowment of the Arts as part of their Art Works Blog.

Asked to describe why he started Colossal, Jobson says:

Colossal was born from a lack of creativity and inspiration in my own life. I had been working for years as a web designer in a role that was personally unfulfilling and was unsure of what to do about it. As a way to expose myself to new ideas in art and design, I started the blog as a way to catalog and share the interesting things I encountered around the web. Three years later it’s still going and has completely taken over my life.

I want Colossal to be a place where anyone, from any background, can discover art and aspects of visual culture that are interesting, fun, and approachable. To that end I shy away from criticism and interpretation and instead provide as many resources as possible for visitors to learn more on their own. I want to share art as it is, without justification.

Read the entire interview at

Listings Project joins Nectar Ads

Listings Project is a free weekly email created by artist Stephanie Diamond that features real estate and job opportunities for artists, designers and the creative community of New York. Listings Project has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out, and Curbed as one of the best resources for creatives to find housing, studio spaces and opportunities in New York and beyond.

Steph_phoneStephanie considers herself a social practice artist; where community engagement is prioritized over traditional object making. The Listings Project is arguably her best known art project, and has proved to be a vital, real world resource for thousands of individuals working in the arts. The project began modestly in 2003, when Stephanie began regularly forwarding listings to close friends and associates.

Stephanie personally emails each lister, and strictly excludes any listings which include brokers or fees. With a growing number of over 52,000 email subscribers, Nectar Ads is thrilled to partner with one of New York’s most influential and admired artists.

Recently, Art F City conducted an interview with Stephanie Diamond about her project and its goals. Stephanie discusses the project’s evolution as well as the reaction from fans. You can find the full transcript here.

Spoon & Tamago Named as a Top 5 Japanese Art Blog

Congratulations to Spoon & Tamago who was recently named as one of the top 5 Japanese Art Blogs by ArtInfo.

Johnny Strategy, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Spoon and Tamago (via twitter)

Johnny Strategy, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Spoon and Tamago (via twitter)

The list praised English language sites which celebrate and foster critical discussion on Japanese Art:

While it’s true that Japan sometimes lags behind in terms of bilingual media in the contemporary art world, several enterprising individuals have been making solid contributions to the discussion at hand, either through collections of punchy, journalistic extracts, or more critical reflections.

Spoon & Tamago was founded by artist and writer Johnny Strategy in 2007, who along with a dedicated team of contributors, cover all aspects of Japanese fine arts and design.

Colossal Wins Utne Media Award For Best Arts Coverage


We’d like to congratulate Colossal, winner of the Best Arts Coverage category at the Utne Media Awards! Utne Reader has been publishing for 24 years and functions as a guide to the alternative and independent press.

There were 36 nominees for the 2013 season. The winners in each category were announced at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in New Orleans in May and published in Utne’s July/August 2013 issue.