Related News: Sarah Palin Slammed Over NEA Remarks By Ovation CEO

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has come under fire from Charles Segars, the CEO of arts network Ovation, after calling for the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts on the Fox show “Hannity.”

Segars lambasted Palin in an official announcement, calling her comments “uninformed rhetoric.”

“While it’s not surprising that those hungry for constant media attention, like Sarah Palin, would use the misguided words of one former NPR employee as fodder to call the entire organization a mouth piece for the Left, I am surprised that she would go so far as to extend this thinking to the NEA,” Segars lamented. – more by Tim Kenneally on The Wrap


Related News: Read This Column, or Big Bird Takes a Bullet: Kevin Hassett

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

“A famous 1973 cover of National Lampoon showed a dog with a revolver held to its head, with the caption, “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog.”

To hear defenders of publicly subsidized media, Republican efforts to cut funding to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) puts a gun to the head of Big Bird. That doesn’t have to be the case.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, created by Congress in 1967, provides public funds that cover about 15 percent of operating costs for public radio and television. In fiscal year 2011 its federal appropriation is $430 million, up from $300 million in 2000. ” more – Kevin Hassett on Bloomberg News

Related News: Notes on Alternative Autonomy

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Note to self—If maintaining control over the work equates with creative freedom, then creative freedom means freedom from the market, art or otherwise. While creative autonomy within my work can be established through an indifference to the art market, real autonomy and independence in the world at large is predicated on financial independence. This does not mean amassing a fortune—living standards are variable—but rather that independence is achieved when my financial obligations are within my means. So a job that is unrelated to my primary objectives and drains me of all creative impulse compromises my autonomy. Establishing fiscal stability on my own terms and maintaining creative production are the key components of an alternative autonomy.
Directive—Strategize this one of two ways:

1. Work in direct opposition to capitalism and cultivate an alternative economy based on the exchange of goods rather than money. Do not participate in consumer culture, live close to the ground, and develop a taste for Dumpster diving.

2. Cultivate an alternative autonomous model within the existing capitalist system, developed in keeping with the integrity of my work and ideas. Develop a multipronged approach to financial independence through a range of tactics and a broad application of skill set.

The first strategy could occupy all free time. Expect work to be compromised by absence of electricity and all other bourgeois comforts. Pursue second strategy. ”

——MORE by Christian L. Frock on ArtPractical

Related News: Art and the Paradoxical Citizen

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Art and the Paradoxical Citizen post by Brian Holmes on his blog Continental Drift

Related News: Rust Belt to Artist Belt Conference

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Detroit and its “rust belt” peers have the assets to be global centers of design and creative innovation. The mission of the 2011 Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference is to create the foundation for a sustained dialogue that connects an entire creative supply chain; from creative practitioners such as individual artists and designers, to creative sector business owners, to advanced manufacturers and prototypers. This creative supply chain will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in rust belt cities that have experienced financial losses due to the downturn in the manufacturing industry. It will also serve to connect post-industrial cities to viable growing cultures that, properly incentivized, can improve aesthetics and grow population as employment opportunities in the creative supply chain increase. The conference was conceived in 2007 by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (“CPAC”) in Cleveland, and in 2010, CPAC awarded the conference to Detroit. The initial development of the conference series was made possible through the generous support and guidance of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and the Ford Foundation.” from the Conference web site – about page

Related News: A Monument’s Invisible Man – Art 21 Blog

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

"E Pluribus Unum" by Fred Wilson. Artist’s rendering, Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

“Wilson is famous for revealing how racism influences the art world, especially its practices of collection, exhibition, and interpretation. Recently, Wilson has shifted his attention beyond the art world to raise questions about how racism influences public space. In Indianapolis, a Wilson artwork is at the center of a heated debate about race and representation, power, and cultural politics.

The sculpture, called E Pluribus Unum, depicts a man of African heritage rising and reaching forward, his arm outstretched. His hand holds a flag representing the African diaspora. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail commissioned the work two years ago. One of seven original artworks created for the trail, Wilson’s figure was scheduled to be installed in September 2011 in commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation.” — from Art21 blog – author – Jennifer Geigel Mikulay’s-invisible-man/

Related Post: ‘Orgy of the Rich’ Protest Hit Sotheby’s Auction

February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Just as Andy Warhol’s Nine Multicolored Marilyns was unveiled at Sotheby’s in London Wednesday evening, a group of protesters crashed the auction. The group set off alarms, started loudly moaning, tossed fake £50 notes in the air and displayed a large banner with the words “orgy of the rich.”

. . . . .

The protesters belonged to Arts Against Cuts, UK Uncut and Space Hijackers, all groups against the UK government’s plans for massive funding cuts for the arts.”   – from Huggington Post

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