A holiday gift from Video Data Bank - download the PDF of their free study guide, REWIND, a survey of video art and alternative media in the US from 1968 - 1980.
"For [Hall] the video medium was an unexplored territory for artists, its codes yet uncracked. He argued that video art was integral to television and not just its technical by-product. TV - and its subversion - was where video's vital core was located, well beyond the ghettos of film co-ops, arts labs and art galleries. This view opened an unusual space, somewhere between high art formalism (which it resembled) and the mass arts (which it didn't). Anti-aesthetic and anti-populist - conceptual art with a looser, dada streak."
-A L Rees
What are museums buying at art fairs? This is invariably useful knowledge for new and established collectors alike. Museums typically buy at the low end of the market and their acquisition decisions are extremely thoughtful, molded by a complicated web of the interests of directors, curators and patrons.