ART SQUATTERS 3RD BIGGEST ATTRACTION IN PARIS: One of Paris's hottest art destinations is, quite literally, illegal. "Squat du 59, rue de Rivoli" is a commune of artists squatting in a downtown building, and producing volumes of experimental art that have caught the Parisian public's attention. But come spring, when city authorities begin evicting squatters, the commune faces extinction, unless a donor can be found to buy their building.
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The movie "Pollock" just opened up in Chicago this past weekend. I thought it was a good movie. Not really knock yer socks off, but it was an honest protrayal of Pollock's life. If you get the chance, I recommend seeing it.
Val Kilmer playing de kooning was kinda neat (only for a small parts of the movie). Marcia Gay Harden's played Lee Krasner very well. I thought Clement Greenberg was kinda funny.
I ain't much of a movie critic, so check out over 10 links to reviews of this movie by real critics at yahoo.
Yahoo also has links to pictures, trailers, synopsis, news and features, cast and credits, related web sites. I was gonna make my own Pollock movie site, but Yahoo did such a fine job with collecting links with theirs, that I just recommend going to their site.
I thought the review by salon.com was interesting. However, this review isn't posted up at yahoo, so you can check it out at yahoo
DON'T TRY THIS AT THE MET: Two Philadelphia curators have created an exhibit that they hope won't last long. "Steal This Art" asks the visitor to, well, do just that. Patrons who see a piece they'd like to own are permitted to make off with it (as covertly as possible), on condition that they later send a postcard "confession" to the gallery. Baltimore Sun (AP) 02/01/01
RING AROUND THE BILBAO: Only three years after it opened, the Bilbao
Guggenheim has discoloring brown stains on its shiny titanium exterior. Says
architect Frank Gehry: "If they'd cleaned the building properly when
construction was completed, the stains would not be there. It's normal: you
finish a building and you clean it. But they didn't. It makes me angry
because everyone points at the architect." The New York Times 01/09/01
A COPYCAT SHOW: A gallery called the Outrageous Art Gallery in Edinburgh
claims "to have used a worldwide network of forgers to produce exact copies
of works displayed in the Scottish Colourists exhibition" currently on
display at Scotland's National Gallery of Modern Art. Curators at the museum
are not at all happy.
AN EXPENSIVE CHANGE OF HEART: An Australian art collector puts up a painting
valued at $1 million for auction, but then has a change of mind and decides
to donate the work, by an important Aussie artist, to the National Gallery.
The change of heart may cost him though - he's still liable for Sotheby's
seller's commission, estimated to be as mush as $200,000.
The Age (Melbourne) 11/28/00
Did Leonardo paint a suacy topless Mona Lisa?
The Italian press has been hailing "the topless Gioconda", a nude pastiche
of Leonardo's Mona Lisa that art historians now claim was copied from an
original by the Florentine master himself. The painting is known as Monna
Vanna, and experts argue that "Leonardo painted a lost saucy parody of the
Mona Lisa for his patron Giuliano de Medici.
The Guardian (London) 11/28/00
No Jail For Prof in Art Defacing
The elderly retired school teacher who defaced a Chris Ofili painting in last year's "Sensation" show at the Brooklyn Museum, gets a $250 fine for the act. Says the judge: "So long as he has paint in his hand, he is to stay away from the Brooklyn Museum."
Play about Jesse "The Body" Ventura:The new musical now in development about the life of Minnesota governor/wrestler Jesse Ventura is full of special needs. As in - "We'll need to find someone who can sing, act, dance - and wrestle.''
glowing green bunnies as art: A genetically-altered French bunny named Alba that glows green in the dark is at the center of an international controversy." Eduardo Kac--an intense, cutting-edge artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago--claims he conceived of Alba and spurred scientists to create her for the sake of art. He wanted to use her living being as a canvas, if you will, to generate debate about the future of genetic engineering. Art?! you exclaim. Greening a living thing as art?!" Washington Post 10/18/00
Al Gore favors public funding for the arts, has a passion for van Goghand relaxes by painting abstractions. ARTNews 10/00
George W. Bush takes a moderate stance on government support and has a taste for American Western art. ARTNews 10/00
HOW WE SEE ART: Over the next few months scientists will be tracking the eye
movements of thousands of visitors to an exhibition at the National Gallery
in London. "It will be the biggest investigation ever carried out into how
humans absorb images and how artists' use of colour and texture affects the
way a painting 'works'." The Independent (London) 10/15/00
HIRST'S SHARK IS TOO ROTTEN FOR THE FRENCH
THE CANDIDATES' POSITIONS ON THE ARTS: Where do George Bush and Al Gore
stand on the issue of federal funding for the arts? It's a (little) hard to
tell. Hartford Courant 10/01/00
You can also voice your opinion on the candidates in the blurb section
LET'S TRADE SOME ART AT HOMECOMING
Details on the specs of the cards
So I was thinking it would be fun to make these little simple pieces of art and trade them during homecoming. I'll make up a set of cards, and if anyone wants to trade, we can trade.
I'll have to set up a time during homecoming weekend and place to trade these things.
Let me know what you think and I'll set a time in next tuesday's digest.
SCULPTOR CREATES ICE PUB: Ice-sculptor Jonathan Lloyd has created a pub made of ice. The artist has spent three months carving the pub with detail at a cost of $352,000
dollars. The work includes ice bar-stools, ice darts board and an ice pool table. The work will be displayed at the Broadgate Centre in central London and will melt five hours after the exhibit opens.
VOTES FOR SALE: Last week, someone put their vote up for bid on E-bay. "You must specify whom I vote for in the presidential and all other elections in my district, by name or party,' the seller wrote in his description of the item. 'Why should the American citizen be left out? Congressmen and senators regularly sell their votes to the highest bidder. Democracy for sale!' E-bay finally canceled the sale, cooperating with investigators from the Justice Department, but not before the price had been bid up to $10,100."
ART HISTORY HOBOS ON TOUR: (NY Times require one-time registration required for entry)
"Since it began 29 years ago, Artrain USA, one of the oldest of an
increasing number of museums on wheels, has brought original artworks by
Picasso and Warhol, Calder and O'Keeffe, Norman Rockwell and Robert
Rauschenberg, to more than 600 towns and cities in 44 states. It has gone to
big cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington, but more
often its destination isn't even a whistle stop anymore - places like
Zeeland, Mich.; Plant City, Fla., and Parkers Prairie, Minn."
New York Times 08/20/00 (one-time registration required for entry)
MONUMENTS TO BAD TASTE:
Small towns in Canada - mostly on the prairies, have erected giant statues
to all sorts of things: "giant deer antlers, a giant turtle, a giant
mushroom, giant wheat sheaves, a giant space ship like Star Trek's USS
Enterprise at a town called Vulcan, and the giant Happy Rock - a slab of
rock with a happy face painted on it." There are about 220 of them across
the country. "It's an embarrassment to some of the communities, but at the
same time it attracts attention." Chicago Tribune (Reuters) 08/16/00
FUN STUFF: Bird's Eye Art
A Japanese artist has given new meaning to the word "detail"; he rents a
helicopter, photographs a particular city, and then recreates it on paper
with a magnifying glass, drafting pens and calligraphy brushes. Recently he
spent 12 hours photographing Manhattan. "From the Hudson River to the East
River, every rooftop chicken coop and streetside hot dog stand has surely
been accounted for. There are people, too: some 8,000 pinpricks among the
5,000 cars and 230,000 buildings." Daily Yomiuri 08/10/00
ARTS EDUCATION OK THIS YEAR IN TEXAS, SAYS BUSH
"Whether involving music, drama, dance or design, the arts add joy to a child's life, stimulating creativity and enhancing learning ability." Who said that? No, not Bill Ivey, it was your Republican candidate for President, George W. Bush, who just declared August 2000 - July 2001 The Year of Arts Education in Texas. In his declaration, Bush honored the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education for designating the year "to encourage families, educators, civic and business leaders in their support of arts programs and activities in their communities." Said the guv: "The arts challenge young people to reach their full potential and enable them to lead more productive and satisfying lives."
These links are from Erik Maldre, in one of his blurb responses.
Yeah, yeah we've all heard about those digital books that are going to replace paper books. But this article really gives you the skinny on what's shakin'. Read this article and just ignore the rest of the noise going on.
Another topic that is getting killed to death on the news: MP3. Here's an article about the MAJOR program that is getting all the hot shot musicians pissed off. Download this killer app while you can before it's illegal.
JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE, here's a neat article about Nine of Chicago's cultural institutions will mount $4 million worth of solar panels on their buildings - each institution will get 50,000 kilowatt hours per year of sun power in this energy demonstration project.
SPRING 2000 CHICAGO ART HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO FIND "DIALOGUE"
PRESIDENT CLINTON REQUESTS $150 MILLION BUDGET FOR NEA
President Clinton requested a $150 million budget appropriation for the National for the Arts (NEA) in FY2001 -- a $52 million dollar increase over the agency's current FY2000 budget of $97.6 million.
SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATES MARCH 2000 AS ARTS EDUCATION MONTH
Senate Resolution 128, designating March 2000 as
Arts Education Month, passed the Senate floor by unanimous consent
on March 2.
DIALOGUE COVERS MIDWEST ARTS IN NEW FORMAT
Now in its 21st year of publishing reviews and feature stories on the visual arts in the Midwest, DIALOGUE: VOICING THE ARTS, has weathered several years of financial difficulty and will continue to cover exhibitions, artists and arts organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, lower Michigan, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania.
ARTS FUNDING IS FORGOTTEN ISSUE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Know where your US presidential candidate of choice stands on arts issues? Now might be a good time to find out. Boston Herald 03/06/00
AN LA TIMES SURVEY:
MCCAIN: "I oppose federal funding of the National Endowment for the Arts because of the obscene and inappropriate projects this organization has supported with tax dollars."
BUSH: "I want to continue federal funding for the arts, but give states a greater say in how the money is spent."
BRADLEY: "He has always supported funding for the NEA; he has voted against efforts to cut it and efforts to censor it."
GORE: "...the administration is proposing doubling arts in education programs, which Gore strongly supports." LA Times 03/06/2000
EYEWIRE'S "ART DIRECTOR" BOARD GAME
From Eyewire's site:
"You work hard. That's just a fact. Your clients like what you do and you meet your deadlines. The designer's life is not a game. But we made one out of it anyway. And called it Studio Chase. The premise is simple: you're the Art Director of your very own studio start-up. You have to keep the doors open while you're out in the real world chasing down wealthy clients and stellar staff. And coping with the occasional disaster, of course. It's fun for the whole office."
1. Download and print the game board (or use the center spread from our February North American catalog).
2. Find something to use as game pieces. Or download, print, and fold our art director characters.
3. Get a die and game cards. If you have Shockwave installed, click to our game page and you'll find both! If not, just print out our game cards and use a real die.
4. Follow the rules on the game board.
SO BIG THAT...
Chicago's latest piece of public art is a $3 million sculpture, designed by London-based artist Anish Kapoor. It will look like a highly finished piece of seamless modern art that some have compared to a jelly or kidney bean. When built, it will be 30 feet tall, 60 feet long, and weigh 100-plus tons. City officials hope it will be a civic signature piece. Just one problem: how to get it from where it's built, across oceans, through canals and finally across town without crushing the pavement, bridges and other obstacles in its path? Chicago Tribune 02/25/00
TALKING GRAPEFRUITS AND ARTISTIC USES FOR USED CHEWING GUM: The Canada Council has come under fire in Parliament for some of the offbeat artistic projects it has funded. "Artists are often pushing the envelope. They are like scientists - they are experimenting, taking risks." Chicago Tribune 02/24/00
HAVE A COW: The New York Foundation for the Arts has pulled out of administrating a major city-sponsored art project this summer to paint and display 1,000 fiberglass cows. The city had sought to have the foundation impose a rule on artists stating: "Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature will not be accepted." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (New York Daily News) 02/14/00