Red Bull Art of the Can
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Red Bull Art of the Can
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center has been serving their Maryland area community since 1986. It has grown from an idea to a vibrantly active nonprofit organization, housed in the 100-year-old Mountain City Mill on the banks of Carroll Creek in historic downtown Frederick. Classes are offered in an ever-growing list of media and subjects for all ages and levels of experience. The small class sizes are led by experienced instructors, who are also working artists. Their award-winning facility features classroom/studio spaces for drawing, painting, crafts, photography, printmaking, wood, and ceramics as well as a reference library.
Over 50 exhibits are offered each year, in eight galleries of various sizes. A variety of lectures, art trips, films and more round out the educational experience.
They are having a fund raising auction and some of the items up for the silent auction can be seen here.
The silent auction is going on now and ends the night of the gala on October 24th. Tickets for the gala are $85/person.
For more information, contact:
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 S. Carroll St.
The place to be tonight is...
I know that I've been nagging you to death over this, but if you miss it, you'll hear about it and wish that you'd gone.
It's not just me... so far the Daily Candy, Penn Quarter Living, The Washington Post, The Gazette, The Express, The Hill Rag, and a few others I had not even heard of until recently all say that the place to be tonight is at Flashpoint in DC, for the opening reception from 6-8pm of Andrew Wodzianski's House.
Let me re-start with a warning: this exhibit is not for the faint of heart, or the weak of constitution.
If you choose to attend, then you take your chances, there will be food and drink and ghosts... and an opening like no art gallery or artsy folks have ever seen before.
See ya there!
"That's Jenkins as in Mark Jenkins, a famous artist who has stopped pedestrians around the world midstep with his life-size, life-like packing-tape casts of bodies positioned in sometimes strange, sometimes normal, always weird ways.Mark has gone around the world and certainly has become one of the planet's premier street artists while virtually ignored by museum curators in his own city.
The commotion in Winston-Salem started about 1:15 p.m. yesterday, when police and medics rushed to the corner of Eighth and Trade streets downtown. They'd gotten a report that a woman's body was draped on top of a billboard. They got there, looked up, saw the body and started to climb.
When they got to the top, they found not a person needing rescuing, but a plastic "mannequin," put there as part of one of Jenkins' public art exhibits."
Remember the life-sized car that he made for his Fraser Gallery Georgetown solo show in 2005? Or these below that he installed outside the Warehouse Gallery for "Seven" also in 2005?
Opportunity for Artists
Deadline: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Hurry! the deadline is this Saturday, October 10, for IMAGE/PROJECT, the Arlington Art Center's juried show for photography and video. Juror: Taryn Simon, a photographer who's shown at the Pompidou, the Whitney, the Met, and many other places.
The entry can be found here.
To my good friends Susan Jamison and Akemi Maegawa.
Susan Jamison will have a solo exhibition at the Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, in March, 2010.
Akemi Maegawa's work will be featured in a special installation at the NADA art fair in Miami Beach, "Hello Daruma, Hello Modern," sponsored by the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
They are both represented by Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC.
First anti Rockwell salvo
The first shot at the guaranteed to be a very popular mega museum exhibition of Norman Rockwell's artwork in the collection of two very successful, and very progressive major contributors to the Democratic party have been fired.
When I announced the coming Rockwell exhibition opening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on July 2, 2010 I wrote:
Now for some easy predictions: the high brow elitist critics will all unite in one front and all hate this show. The public, being far more progressive and democratic in their acceptance of what is art (without silly obsolete notions of "high" art and all other art, and without ingrained notions of "illustration" versus "high art") will line out to see the exhibition and continue to love Rockwell as they have for decades.Boom! the first shot came across the bow of the exhibition a few days ago.
Boom! In an otherwise quite good and interesting article on the future of photography, the Washington Post's Oxford-educated (yields an Anglo-centric perspective on the world) Chief Art Critic writes that "It's not that art museums never show "low" painting. The Corcoran has shown Norman Rockwell..." It is the classic and antiquated (and uniquely American traditional view) critical perspective of high art and low art.
Separate everything; label everything, put everything and everyone in a box with a label: high art, low art, fine art, illustration, Hispanics, Latinos, Scots-Irish, Jewish-American, Cuban-American...
And don't let Rockwell get away with it; it's not high art, it's not high art, it's not high art.
The Obama Art List
Here's the Obama art list. After reviewing this list a little more carefully, and realizing that no politician ever does anything without some political reason, I now think that the Gopnikmeister may have been more on the ball on some of his thinking here than I gave him credit for.
Awright... he was right mostly and I was wrong... mostly. And I didn't know that Morandi was a fascist, but I bet that by now the Obamas do! Good job Blake.
One last thought: For a real political coup, what the President should have done, in a truly populist move, should have been to mix into the selections about a dozen works by emerging/mid level artists (rather than all museum level artists) and pick a dozen works from the vast holdings of the Arts in Embassies inventory. This is a missed PR opportunity for a PR-hungry White House. Imagine the impact on those artists' local media markets if a local artist would have been picked to adorn the walls of the White House? Whoever advised the Obamas on this caper missed a truly great chance to add votes to the move. By the way, my earlier advice was published here.
These will be in the President's residence:
· Josef Albers -- "Homage to the Square: Elected II" (1961) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Josef Albers -- "Homage to the Square: Midday" (1954-57) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Josef Albers -- "Study for Homage to the Square: Nacre" (1965) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· George Catlin -- "A Crow Chief at His Toilette" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Camanchees Lancing a Buffalo Bull" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Mired Buffalo and Wolves" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Cheyenne Village" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Grizzly Bears Attacking Buffalo" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Grassy Bluffs" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Game of the Arrow-Mandan" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "A Foot War Party in Council-Mandan" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Ball-Play Dance-Choctaw" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Buffalo Chase, With Accidents" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "Catlin and Indian Attacking Buffalo" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· George Catlin -- "K'nisteneux Indians Attacking Two Grizzly Bears" (1861-69) -- National Gallery of Art
· Edward Corbett -- "Washington, D.C. November 1963 III" (1963) -- National Gallery of Art
· Edgar Degas -- "Dancer Putting On Stocking" (c. 1896-1911) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Edgar Degas -- "The Bow" (c. 1896-1911) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Richard Diebenkorn -- "Berkeley, No. 52" (1955) -- National Gallery of Art
· Nicolas De Stael -- "Nice" (1954) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Sam Francis -- "White Line" (1958-59) -- National Gallery of Art
· Winslow Homer -- "Sunset" (c. 1875) -- National Gallery of Art
· Jasper Johns -- "Numerals, 0 through 9" (1970) -- National Gallery of Art
· William H. Johnson -- "Booker T. Washington Legend" (c. 1944-45) -- Smithsonian American Art Museum
· William H. Johnson -- "Children Dance" (c. 1944) -- Smithsonian American Art Museum
· William H. Johnson -- "Flower to Teacher" (c. 1944) -- Smithsonian American Art Museum
· William H. Johnson -- "Folk Family" (c. 1944) -- Smithsonian American Art Museum
· Glenn Ligon -- "Black Like Me #2" (1992) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Giorgio Morandi -- "Still Life" (c. 1955) -- National Gallery of Art
· Giorgio Morandi -- "Still Life" (c. 1955) -- National Gallery of Art
· Louise Nevelson -- "Model for 'Sky Covenant' " (1974) -- National Gallery of Art
· Susan Rothenberg -- "Butterfly" (1976) -- National Gallery of Art
· Mark Rothko -- "Red Band" (1955) -- National Gallery of Art
· Edward Ruscha -- "I think I'll . . ." (1983) -- National Gallery of Art
· Alma Thomas -- "Sky Light" (1973) -- Hirshhorn Museum
· Leon Polk Smith -- "Stretch of Black III" (1961) -- National Gallery of Art
· Unknown Artist -- "Chief Jumper of the Seminoles" (possibly 1837-1838) -- National Gallery of Art
Loaned art that will be in the West Wing
· Frank O. Salisbury -- "President Harry S. Truman" -- Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Mo. (in the Cabinet Room)
· Lucy M. Lewis -- Vase (1962) -- National Museum of the American Indian (in the Oval Office)
· Jeri Redcorn -- Bottle, "Intertwining Scrolls" (2005) -- National Museum of the American Indian (in the Oval Office)
· Steve Smith -- Jar (c. 1980) -- National Museum of the American Indian (in the Oval Office)
· Maria Poveka Martinez -- Jar (1959) -- National Museum of the American Indian -- (in the Oval Office)
· Samuel F. B. Morse -- Telegraph Register patent model (1849)-- National Museum of American History (in the Oval Office)
· John A. Peer -- Gear Cutter patent model (1874) -- National Museum of American History (in the Oval Office)
· Henry William -- 1877 steamboat feathering paddlewheel patent model (1877) -- National Museum of American History (in the Oval Office)
Loaned art that will be hung in the East Wing
· Alma Thomas -- "Watusi (Hard Edge)" (1963) -- Hirshhorn Museum
Acquired, location yet to be determined
· Mark Rothko -- "No. 17" or "No. 15" (1949) -- National Gallery of Art