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Smith & Benjamin’s
‘BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE’
Issue No. 262

Sharing Art & Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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COVER IMAGE:
“The Symbol” | April 21, 2016 | Acrylic painting
by Bahamian artist Allan Wallace.
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This tribute painting of legendary musician and performing
artist Prince was created yesterday by Wallace upon hearing
the news of the musician’s sudden death.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Dear Reader,

Nothing Compares 2 U

Yesterday, the world was stunned when it received the news that a singularly unique, effulgent luminary of music and sound passed away. His name was Prince Rogers Nelson, known to all as simply Prince. But there was nothing simple about this man, his ferocious talent, his supernatural giftings, or the vast richness of the oeuvre of music he created over the past forty years.

His life’s work deeply impacted hundreds of millions of people the planet over to the point that when we heard that this light had been darkened, there was the sudden feeling of being gutted followed by an inability to process and then an inevitable wave of sadness at the loss of someone so brilliant who represented the platinum standard of creative excellence.

Prince was one-of-a-kind – one of those exceptional wonders whose innovation in an art form will be remembered in perpetuity. For me, he is probably my all-time favourite musician.

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It really all started with the album Purple Rain. The first time I heard the music, my mind was blown. I had never heard anything like it. It was so distinctively different from any other type of music I had experienced; I was immediately captivated as a life-long fan. Purple Rain was my long-time choice of album if I was ever stranded on a deserted island somewhere. And it just so happened that that “deserted island somewhere” was Nassau and the length of my desertion was pretty much the entirety of my teenage years and early adulthood.

Prince and his Purple Rain album and film helped me, like none other, get through a sad and turbulent time in my life. Prince’s acting wasn’t epic by Oscar’s standards, but it connected with me because I saw so much of my then-angst and turmoil in his music and his performance — that of being a peculiar, misunderstood youth who was cruelly mocked and constantly barraged by endless bullying, teasing and betrayal, unsure of himself, not understanding the world around him but knowing that there was something smoldering and different on the inside. As an insecure fragile teenager, I felt Prince and I had a bond as if there was someone out there just as strange and odd as me.

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As artists, we can learn so much from this blazing talent. He was principled. His commitment to his craft was legendary. He lived his art, he practiced relentlessly, was known to spend more hours in studio than he did out, and took countless lessons in dance to constantly improve his stage performance. He always demonstrated a responsibility toward his work, being careful to release only that which he felt lived up to his standard of exquisite craftsmanship. And he was fierce – fierce over who he was and what he created. He “owned” himself and was willing to stand courageously for what he created as evidenced by the protracted legal battle with Warner Bros. over his music, his copyright, his image and his name. After many years, he finally won the case and regained control over his entire back catalog.

His prolificacy in musicianship and songwriting is renowned by the innumerable accolades and awards he has won, but most spectacularly by the fact that he has more canons of unreleased music (and music videos) tucked away in his infamous vault than what the public has been privy to over the past four decades. I can only wonder if we will ever be able to experience that wealth some day.

As I got older, I continued to be a fan of Prince’s music and watched with interest how his evolvement and transformation somewhat mirrored my own – from a wild youth saturated with the sensual and the foolishness of the world to a mature adult who finally understood who he was, Whose he was, and whose creative expression moved beyond the base and fleshy to the spiritual and transcendental.

Once his legal battle was completed and he changed his name back to Prince, he shared in an interview how the call to seek and know God began to weigh heavily on his life. He felt powerfully drawn to reading the Bible and studying scripture. Although Prince was raised Seventh Day Adventist, he became a devout Jehovah’s Witness in 2001. In a relatively recent interview, he was asked “what is the definition of your own destination.” Prince answered, “to come into complete oneness with the Spirit of God and the knowledge of His truth.” He added, “I celebrate the day I died” indicating the day he decided to take his hands off his own life and give it over to God.

He was known to spend hours talking to people about his faith in God and Jesus Christ, even confessing that he made many mistakes when he was younger and that he hoped to help others avoid making the mistakes he had. But even so, he declared he didn’t spend too much time looking back but pressing forward into the new man God wanted him to be.

In the coming days and weeks, you will probably hear the word “genius” and “prodigy” many times over to describe this man, but there are only a handful of people who are/were as genius as Prince. He was someone who skillfully and consistently arranged the handful of musical notes in existence and imagined and re-imagined sounds never heard before. He was a master, a consummate professional and so much more that a pop star or “rock god”, he was one of the greatest creative artists that God ever let grace the earth.

As one reporter noted yesterday, “there were many kings of music—but only one Prince.” Nothing compares 2 U, Prince. You were an innovator and an inspiration. You will be sorely missed.

Dionne Benjamin-Smith
Editor & Publisher
Bahamian Art & Culture

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T H E A T R E:

‘Clybourne Park’

ON NOW: April 21st–23rd | 8pm
The Dundas Centre for The Performing Arts, Mackey St.

Award-winning filmmaker Kareem Mortimer mixed things up this week, when he opened “Clybourne Park” at The Dundas Centre for Performing Arts. A novice to theatre directing, Mortimer is known for specializing in films that confront issues like racism, homophobia and xenophobia.

Mortimer was part of the cast of “Twelve Angry Men” when it was performed at The Dundas in 2014. Before that, his experience in theatre was limited to writing and performing in high school productions.

“Growing up in The Bahamas, there were no filmmakers I could look up to, like a mentor,” recalled Mortimer. “So plays were the natural thing to gravitate toward.” Feeling that it would be well received and a good cultural fit, Mortimer developed an interest in directing “Clybourne Park” at The Dundas.

Written in 2010 by Bruce Norris, “Clybourne Park” is a spinoff of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”. The first half of the play, a drama, is set in 1959, the year “A Raisin in the Sun” was written, when a couple in a middle class Chicago neighborhood (Clybourne Park) is planning to sell the family home to a black family. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Nassau Guardian.
CLICK HERE for The Dundas Centre’s Facebook page.

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NAGB Sculpture Garden:

Volunteers Needed to Help Create
Community Sculpture Garden

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24
10am to 3pm | National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

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NAGB Director Amanda Coulson and Consultant and botanist Dr Ethan Freid of The Bahamas National Trust’s Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve helping to clear out the brush for the new Sculpture Garden at the NAGB.

As many locals and repeat visitors have noticed, West Hill Street has been undergoing a facelift. Now the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is asking for its community to get involved to take the transformation a step further.

The vision is the development of a Sculpture Garden on the property adjacent to the NAGB’s building. Over the course of 4 days in early April, under the guidance of botanist Dr. Ethan Freid, from the Bahamas National Trust’s Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera, and with the assistance of volunteers and residents from the community, the plot’s shrubbery has been tamed and tentative walking paths have been laid out as a way to access the site from West Hill Street directly to the NAGB’s main entrance.

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Rendering by Jess Malms shows different options of the front wall showcasing either mosaics, artwork or bougainvillea.

 
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Artist Katrina Vanderlip's rendering of the path that will lead from West Hill Street (top) directly to the breezeway and main entrance of NAGB (bottom left).

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Katrina Vanderlip with a donated bench.

Another clean up will be taking place this weekend, April Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th from 10am to 3pm each day. The NAGB is sending out a call to one and all from the community to come and get involved in the creation of a community park. Come on out and make your mark on this historic neighbourhood.

Implements for the dirty work will be on hand (shovels, wheelbarrows, picks) and all participants are asked to bring good energies, a sun hat, smiles and a pair of work gloves. For more information, please feel free to contact the Gallery at 328-5800 or 328-5801.

CLICK HERE for more information on NAGB’s website.
CLICK HERE for Sculpture Garden NAGB’s Facebook page.

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Southern facing view of Garden.

 
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Found chards of pottery at Garden site.

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Cleared out paths in Garden.

 
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Historic wall separating NAGB from Sculpture Garden estimated to be 150-200 years old.

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Entrance to garden from the street cleared away.

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F E S T I V A L :

Green Earth Festival

Saturday, April 23rd–Sunday April 24th
Fort Charlotte, West Bay Street

CLICK HERE for the event’s Facebook page.

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C O M M U N I T Y | F A I R:

The Annual Red Cross Fair

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 | 12pm–Until
Government House Grounds

CLICK HERE for The Bahamas Red Cross Society’s Facebook page.

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Malcolm Rae

“Mommy! Mommy! Look the Sea!” by Malcolm Rae

Seven Bahamian artists exhibit at international show

The Bahamas will be joining 45 other countries from around the world in exhibiting at the prestiguous Fabriano In Acquarello convention in Italy next week.

Seven artists will be showing their work during the art event hosted by the International Watercolour Society (IWS) from April 21-24. The participants include permanent resident artist Katerina Kovatcheva, Malcolm Rae, Sheldon Saint, Brigitte Carey, Angela Lightbourn, Dion Lewis and Katrina Vanderlip.

Mrs. Kovatcheva, who is also leader of the IWS Bahamas Division, will represent The Bahamas in person in Fabriano. Fabriano in Acquarello aims to promote cooperation and creative exchange between international watercolourists. It supports the traditional techniques and at the same time wants to inspire new creative and avant-garde methods.[…]

CLICK HERE for more in The Tribune Weekend.
CLICK HERE for the International Watercolour Society’s website.
CLICK HERE for the International Watercolour Society’s Facebook page.

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“Still Life with Shells” by Katerina Kovatcheva

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Artist Blue Curry (Photo: Monica McGivern)

Blue Curry: Private View

Bahamian artist Blue Curry is showing his first solo presentation of work in Belgium during the most important week on the Brussels art calendar. During this week, several art fairs are happening in the city but Curry’s presentation is not one to miss which will be at Platform 102 this Saturday, April 23rd, 6pm to 9pm in UTC+02.

Based in London, Curry works primarily in sculpture and installation. Using an idiosyncratic language of commonplace objects and found materials, he engages with themes of exoticism, tourism and cultural consumption. A graduate of the Goldsmiths Fine Art MFA program, he has exhibited extensively, participating in the sixth Liverpool Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial and the Jamaica Biennial, as well as in group shows at P.P.O.W Gallery, New York; The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC and the V&A Museum, London, among others.

In 2011, he had his first institutional solo show ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ at the Nassauischer Kunstverein (NKV), Germany and another recent solo presentation, ‘Souvenir’, was shown at Vitrine, London, in 2014. […]

CLICK HERE for more on the events Facebook page.
CLICK HERE for Blue Curry’s website.
CLICK HERE for Platform 12’s website.

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Booth of V1 Galley (Copenhagen) at Volta 11. Photo: Courtesy Nicholas Winter Photography.

VOLTA 12 reveals ambitious list of exhibitors this year

VOLTA is cofounded by NAGB Director Amanda Coulson and husband Uli Voges.

by Henri Neuendorf

VOLTA, the Art Basel satellite fair which was founded in Switzerland as an alternative platform for emerging galleries in 2005, has revealed its 2016 exhibitor list.

Co-founded by gallerists Kavi Gupta, Friedrich Loock, Uli Voges, and art critic Amanda Coulson, the fair has successfully positioned itself as the young, hip cousin of the long-established behemoth Art Basel.

For the 12th edition of the event, which takes place during Art Basel week from June 13—18, the fair returns with 68 galleries from 20 counties and 33 different cities. A total of eight new galleries will be making the trip to Basel to participate at the fair this year.

Galleries from cities as diverse as Osaka, Ljubljana, and Istanbul will congregate at Basel’s magnificent domed Markthalle to show their wares […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in Artnet news.

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Jazz Musicians. BIS Photo/Derek Smith

Jazz Day concert slated for Pompey Square in May

by Stirling Strachan

“Jazz is more than a musical art form but rather an affirmation of our ability to peacefully collaborate and cooperate in spite of profound differences,” said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson during a press conference to announce festivities related to the third annual International Jazz Day in The Bahamas and fifth celebrated by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Held by The Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO at the National Arts Gallery Monday, April 18, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture the conference was used to disclose that the day would be observed Monday, May 2, instead of April 30, which will be used to observe the iconic long-standing Bahamian event, the Red Cross Fair.

Held in Pompey Square the event is free to the general public. The opening ceremony will begin at 1pm followed by continuous music from 2pm to 10pm […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Bahamas Weekly.

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Chef Felice Pietrobon stands at the entrance of The Drawbridge, the newest addition to the Historic Charles Towne neighborhood. The Drawbridge is a café which will soon offer an array of sandwiches, salads and a daily special.

The Drawbridge
by Graycliff

Anyone who’s walked or driven along West Hill Street probably can’t help but notice the healthy palette of colors on the buildings facing Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant. Paolo and Sharon Gazaroli, a husband and wife duo who are part of the Graycliff family, have undertaken a long-term commitment to revitalize West Hill Street, a main component of the area known as Historic Charles Towne.

The neighborhood includes historically and socially significant sites like Government House, Hillside House, the Greek Orthodox Church, John Watlings, Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Part of the movement to draw attention and visitors to the area has involved making it more pedestrian friendly with an increased police presence.

The Gazarolis’ commitment has led to the development of the Historic Museum, based in Mountbatten House, a former residence dating back to the 1850s, and the Heritage Village Artist Studios. The studios are based in a former convent dating back to the late 1800s and offer practicing artists and artisans a location in Downtown Nassau to make and sell their works. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Nassau Guardian.

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New TV series on The Bahamas making world debut

Parallax Film Productions has announced the debut of its six-part television series entitled Bahama Blue on channels around the world including the Love Nature Channel, Animal Planet and others in Canada, Greece, India, Taiwan, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia. Hopefully soon it will be aired here on Cable Bahamas.

Beyond the white sand beaches and the idyllic turquoise water, the 3,000 islands and islets of The Bahamas are scattered across nearly 170,000 square kilometers of the Atlantic Ocean.

Explore worlds where everything is eating…or being eaten, but fierce competition gives way to playful and funny creatures, just staking their claim. This a magical place where plants are sprinkled with shimmering dust and seahorses feed, almost without fear.

Each episode takes a deep dive into another compelling geological feature, introducing you to the abundant wildlife within. Produced by an award-winning team, captured in 4k cinematography, combined with intimate aerials, extraordinary macro photography and signature ‘tide lapses’, Bahama Blue is a trip to The Bahamas beyond the beaches and like nothing you have seen before.

CLICK HERE to view film trailer of Bahama Blue.
CLICK HERE for Bahama Blue’s Facebook page.
CLICK HERE for Bahama Blue’s page at Parallax Films.
CLICK HERE for episode description on Love Nature’s site.

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CLICK IMAGE to watch trailer of the TV Series Bahama Blue.

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Gennyne Hepburn, proprietor of the Big Picture Paint and Sip Studio

Looking at the ‘Big Picture’

New Paint & Sip Studio opens in Sandyport

Gennyne Hepburn, a certified public accountant, is giving locals and visitors alike a new outlet to express themselves with the opening of her new Big Picture Paint & Sip Studio.

Located in the Olde Towne Mall at Sandyport, the company offers a variety of art-inspired programmes designed for patrons to paint, sip, mingle and have fun. Ms. Hepburn said she was inspired to open the studio so that people can incorporate art into everyday living. The 1,018 sq ft space features an elegantly designed studio with 24 work stations equipped with canvases and paint supplies.

“Art has always been a passion of mine since childhood. Even while working in the corporate environment for the past decade, I always found myself seeking to balance my technical mindset with creative projects,” she said. “Opening a full paint studio allows me to share my talents with clients and give them a different way to celebrate special occasions. At Big Picture, they are able to paint in a relaxed, social environment and reconnect with their inner artist while creating memories. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Tribune Weekend.

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Guests show off their final pieces

 
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Guests enjoy the Big Picture Paint and Sip experience

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Performers take the stage for a good cause

Performing arts night raises funds for ‘deserving’ students

by Alesha Cadet

Young talented Bahamians recently came together for a special “Night of Art” fundraiser to help students overcome financial, social and emotional challenges in order to pursue their high school education.

Under the theme “Love That Fosters Hope,” the event organisers invited artists from all mediums, including dance, song, drama and poetry/spoken word, to participate in the evening in support of the Timothy Education Programme (TEP).

Performers included Lyrically Blessed, Stacs & Sii (Gospel Boys), Aleitheia Sweeting, Lennelle Michelle and Royalty, Bertrum O’Bubbler, CollageDem, Kingdom Mime ministries, Eman, Malaika Pinder and J Reign.

They all took to the stage at the Epic Church Bahamas to endorse TEP, an initiative that provides 23 children who have shown academic potential with the support they need for the full six years of their high school education. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Tribune Weekend.

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Godfried Donkor, Rebel Madonna Lace Collection (2016), installation view from EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, 2016. (Photo by Miriam O’Connor. Courtesy of the artist and EVA.)

Can an Irish Biennial rewrite the world’s colonial history?

by Ben Eastham

The latest edition of Ireland’s contemporary art biennial, EVA International—pointedly titled “Still (the) Barbarians”—takes as its central premise that Ireland is a postcolonial country. The statement by Cameroonian curator Koyo Kouoh that “the entire British colonial enterprise began here,” and thus that Ireland can be read as a “laboratory” for the conduct and consequences of imperialism, might at first seem uncontroversial. It will have escaped the notice of no one with an interest in Irish history or culture that this year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish rebellion against British rule that paved the way for independence. Nationwide commemorations of the uprising in March—parades, re-enactments, marches—sparked a prolonged period of reflection upon themes of Irish identity and the legacy of 600 years of British rule.

So the dedication of the biennial to artists whose work addresses the contemporary impacts of colonialism makes sense. It is interesting, too, to see Ireland’s culture considered as symptomatic—even archetypal—of a wider history of countries to have emerged from the shadow of colonial rule in the 20th century [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in Artsy Magazine.

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The Queen’s image: How portrayals
of Elizabeth II have changed
over the past 90 years

From Cecil Beaton to Lucian Freud and Annie Leibovitz,
Roy Strong looks back at depictions of the monarch

by Roy Strong

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Installation view of Pearl Lam’s booth at Art Cologne, 2016. Photo courtesy of Art Cologne.

Queen Elizabeth II must be the single most visually recorded human being in history. Literally millions of images of her exist as she has lived through a century which has witnessed a media explosion.

That was already under way in the year that she was born, in 1926, for the inherited forms of disseminating the royal likeness had already extended beyond coins, banknotes, seals, medals, sculpture and paintings to embrace photography and its use in newspapers and magazines. During her lifetime, film and television were to play crucial roles in sustaining and spreading the monarchical image as well as photography, which began controllable but became ever more intrusive in the age of the paparazzi. The medium of television also expanded: colour, once rare, became commonplace. As I write, the internet throws up almost 58 million images of The Queen in every guise.

These facts establish that during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, any attempt to control the royal image was to become increasingly difficult. But not quite impossible, for the public presence of the monarch in the rituals of state and in officially sanctioned images—ranging from her profile on the obverse of the coinage to official portraits commissioned by the Palace to mark particular moments in the reign—projects a very definite storyline, which charts what was in fact an iconographical paradox, one which remains unresolved. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in The Art Newspaper.

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11R Chrystie Street gallery, with works by Michael DeLucia. Photo: Courtesy 11R.

Art demystified: Why don’t galleries display prices?

by Henri Neuendorf

Art Demystified is a series that attempts to shed light on esoteric aspects of the art world.

Why are galleries so reluctant to reveal prices? The lack of price transparency is often one of the most baffling and frustrating things for art world outsiders to understand.

“I think artists are uncomfortable about, and do not wish to have their work discussed in terms of prices and market value, and what is selling and not selling," art dealer Augusto Arbizo, director and partner at New York's 11R gallery, told artnet News in an e-mail. "Prices aren't openly displayed because they want the work discussed in critical terms and historical context. That is why prices are often not so public."

There are of course other motivations for keeping prices secret. As the director of a prominent London gallery told artnet News, "We don't like to speak about prices to prevent our clients' spouses or the tax authorities from finding out about their purchases." […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in Artnet news.

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Dioko at Bamba Day Festival with Elvira Clayton, Harlem. Photo courtesy of Elvira Clayton. (Cropped)

The most relevant art today is taking place outside the art world

by Isaac Kaplan

To challenge institutions, we need to look outside of them.

There’s a scene in The Simpsons where a middle-aged Abe Simpson—lecturing a teenage Homer about losing touch as one grows old—says, “I used to be with it. Then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary to me.” Replace ‘it’ with ‘art’ and you have something fairly close to Michael J. Lewis’s essay on the the demise of art-as-culture, published this July in Commentary magazine (not something that’s usually on my digital bookshelf, but I digress).

Titled “How Art Became Irrelevant: A chronological survey of the demise of art,” the essay’s central claim is that “while the fine arts can survive a hostile or ignorant public, or even a fanatically prudish one, they cannot long survive an indifferent one. And that is the nature of the present Western response to art, visual and otherwise: indifference.” There are lots of flaws with this argument, as well as its supporting evidence. But besides greatly overstating art’s demise, the conclusion rests heavily on artists who are primarily white men. While Lewis does get some fair shots in about vapid works of spectacle, no matter how you feel about contemporary art, to call an entire swath of culture irrelevant based primarily on those who have been privileged enough to occupy galleries and other institutions (and thus the canon of art history) ignores both the artists who have been historically marginalized from such spaces and the artists who are taking their practices outside of them. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in Artsy.

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The Truth About the Stolen ‘Pop Icons’ by Andy Warhol

by Blake Gopnik

As most news junkies have heard by now, seven of Andy Warhol’s “iconic” “paintings” of Campbell’s soup cans, estimated as being worth a $500,000 “fortune”, were recently stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri, which thereby lost some “rare” “masterpieces” of “Pop Art”. I got the images for today's Pic from the FBI website, where a reward of $25,000 is on offer.

Sorry for all the scare quotes in the above paragraph, but they were needed to show how many of the “known facts” in the case are wrong. First of all, despite headlines in mainstream news outlets such as the Guardian, Daily News, MSN.com and CBS news, the stolen works weren’t paintings at all, but silkscreen prints, and not very rare ones at that: They were produced in an edition of 250. Hardly “ ‘claim to fame’ types of pieces,” which is how the Springfield police described them to the New York Times. That is why they are worth at very most the piddling sum of maybe $30,000 each ($500,000 would the maximum price for a full set of 10, and a broken set would fetch much less). That is, they cost less than you might pay for a piece of zombie abstraction by some kid painter fresh out of grad school. […]

CLICK HERE for the full article in Artnet news.

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