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The Fine Line

Well known and respected Boston Photographer Lou Jones has a write up; Local News Shows Boston Street Photographers as Perverts; about a recent TV news report in Boston stating that photographers are going over the line in their approach to image making is one I felt deserves discussion.   For years photographers and journalist have been doing some of the hardest and most honest work by documenting our cultures continual development and trying best to show us a reflection or glimpse of the time we are experiencing.   Doing this sometimes means pushing the envelope, going against the grain,...

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Neither Rain or Snow>Gallery Day Milwaukee

One would think the combination of Snow, Rain, and Cold Temperatures would have had an effect on the turnout and temperament of this Aprils Gallery Day and Night events, but it didn’t. I was greeted warmly and kindly by every gallery I visited and pleasantly surprised at the caliber of work being shown in Milwaukee all at the same time. Starting off at the Dean Jensen Gallery, who is currently showing Joan Backes Murmurs in the Trees, I was immediately drawn into the house instillation which is painstakingly built from shredded office paper and reminded me of animal fur or skins used in construction...

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Lecture and Demonstration – Tenth St Gallery

I just returned home after giving a lecture and demonstration to a group of High School students at the In Tandem Theatre Company and the 10th St Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition of The Situations Collection.   The students were amazing. They were warm, friendly, and had plenty of questions to ask.  They were smart, articulate, and concise in their interpretations of the work and I found myself learning  from them.   My goal for the event was met when I saw the light bulb turn on in one students eyes as he described the new projects he wanted to try as soon as he got back...

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Interview with Art Is Moving

Take a minute to view the recent interview with http://www.artismoving.blogspot.com. Support your local Artists.

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LICHTENSTEIN WORK, WON FOR $10, COULD FETCH $1M

The invitation to a 1960s "happening" was intriguing: Pay $10 to enter a lottery for the chance to get a key to a Penn Station locker containing artwork. For one New Yorker who attended the 1965 event, the key revealed a Roy Lichtenstein drawing that Christie's auction house estimates will fetch around $1 million at its May 11 auction._WallStreetJournal

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PAINTED INTO A CORNER: ARE THE STUCKISTS RIGHT ABOUT MODERN BRITISH ART?

What if the stuckists are right? Just a thought. Stuckism, for better or worse, has entered our language. It refers both to an actual organisation and, in art chatter, to the belief that British art is dominated by conceptual values to the point that it puts figurative painters at a serious disadvantage.   I've argued with the stuckists - indeed I've abused them, calling them the enemies of art. I object to their obsession with conflict and polemic rather than actually getting on with training themselves to be great painters (because great painters never stop learning). By insisting...

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BAUHAUS MAGAZINE RELAUNCHED AFTER 70-YEAR HIATUS

"Yesterday saw the launch of the first Bauhaus magazine production since 1931. Although the Bauhaus influence was not silenced in the intervening 80 years, the launch, at a crowded bookshop in former East Berlin, is nevertheless an exciting moment in the tumultuous relationship between science and the arts." More <http://tinyurl.com/3k4mxjo> _NewScientist

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JERRY SALTZ ON THE UNVEILING OF THE ANDY MONUMENT

Last night, the artist Rob Pruitt unveiled his super-shiny, seven-foot chrome monument to Andy Warhol. It's in Union Square at 17th Street, just yards from two locations of Warhol's famous Factory, including the one (at 32 Union Square West) where he was shot on June 3, 1968. After pulling the sheet from the monument, Pruitt told me, "I think of it as another kind of Statue of Liberty." Overhearing this, the former Interview editor and wordsmith extraordinaire Glenn O'Brien mused that the statue's inscription could read "Give us your rich, your glamorous, your drag queens, and drug addicts."   The...

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CHINESE POLICE DETAIN ARTIST AI WEIWEI

Officials stopped outspoken artist at Beijing airport this morning and police have surrounded studio Tania Branigan and Jonathan Watts in Beijing Sunday 3 April 2011 China's best-known artist Ai Weiwei has been detained at Beijing airport this morning and police have surrounded his studio in the capital. The 53-year-old, who designed the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium, has been an outspoken critic of the government. Although he has previously experienced harassment by officials, he appeared to be relatively protected by the status of his late father, a renowned poet, and his high...

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A STREET-ART SATIRE OF FACEBOOK’S MARK ZUCKERBERG, DONE SHEPARD FAIREY-STYLE

In recent weeks, street-art stickers have been appearing around Los Angeles satirizing Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. What's noteworthy about the stickers is that they appear to be created in the style of Shepard Fairey, featuring the artist's "Obey" logo printed in Facebook's signature white-on-blue font.   The stickers feature a mug-shot rendering of Zuckerberg, surrounded by the text "Mark Zuckerberg has a posse," "$6.9 billion" and "500,000,000 friends."   Look familiar? In the late '80s, Fairey created his viral street-art campaign known as "Andre the Giant...

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