Art Quote of the Day

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What's up with the blatant sexism in gallery representation?

Looks like not even the art world is free from pervasive underpayment and under-appreciation of women in the workforce.

Hebron says that when she was in Miami last December for the art fairs, she spoke to about 200 galleries about the issue in person. "The responses were really interesting," she recalls. "Most of the time they claimed they didn't know what their gender ratio was. Or they would say things like, 'We have mostly men, but our most important artist is a female.' Someone else told me that they didn't want to add women artists just to fill a quota." The most creative response, she says, came from a Swiss gallery: "They said to me, 'We don't have very many women, but we have a gay artist. Does that count?' I couldn't believe it."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fergie's Beer Garden supports the Arts. Drink up!

Always willing to try something different in his role of arts-patron-masquerading-as-a-pub-owner, Fergus Carey has opened a beer garden next to Fergie's Pub that creates a new pipeline of support for local theater company BRAT Productions. Never has supporting the arts tasted so good!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Google Street Art

Hat tip to Colossal:
"Google’s Street View, made possible by their custom-designed panoramic camera, has become the eyes of streets large and small in almost every major city. So it makes perfect sense that they’re now pointing their panoramic lenses to the walls around the world by adding street art to their portfolio. Earlier this week Google announced the launch of their Street Art Project, a new initiative to document and preserve the often transient nature of street art. The project launched with over 5,000 high resolution images including work that no longer exists, like the 5Pointz murals in Long Island City or the walls of the Tour Paris 13. (via Laughing Squid)"

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot

Violinists were nodding their heads to a different beat this weekend, as Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony presented what the rapper called "Orchestral Movements from the Hood Night." Their version of the hit "Baby Got Back" drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Bringing The Classroom into the Art - Yusuke Akai mural in India

From Spoon & Tamago via Colossal:
"The Wall Art Project is a non-profit organization based in Tokyo who organizes Wall Art Festival (WAF), an initiative to bring art into schools in places like India and Tibet. The Japanese artist Yusuke Asai, who paints with basically anything he can get his hands on (tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud…) was asked to travel to the Niranjana School in Bahar (east India) to create a mural on the walls of a classroom."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

"How does art progress from irony and cynicism to something sincere and redeeming? ... In the present moment, where does art rise above ironic ridicule an d aspire to greatness, in terms of challenging convention and elevating the human spirit? Where does art build on the best of human creation and also open possibilities for the future? What does inspired art-making look like? ... We must move toward ... the possibility of something greater. The best art can inspire us and push us closer."

From Matt Ashby and Brendan Carroll in Salon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On Downton Abbey and the Crisis of Culture

When in doubt, ask Hannah Arendt:
"The challenge posed by the mania around a show like Downton Abbey is that it is part and parcel of a cultural moment when art abandons its transcendent and protected realm and appeals to the needs of overly busy 'educated philistines' who want their entertainment also to be useful ... The point is that a consumer's society cannot possibly know how to take care of a world and the things which belong exclusively to the space of worldly appearances, because its central attitude toward all object, the attitude of consumption, spells ruin to everything it touches."