Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Heard on Univision

Earlier today, towards the end of the World Cup game between Holland and Uruguay, as it seemed certain that the last Latin American team in the running was about to be eliminated (they almost tied it in the last few seconds), the commentators had a really interesting discussion in Spanish.

They were wondering if they should root for Spain in tomorrow's game between La Furia (Spain) and Germany. One of the commentators was making the case that they should root for Spain, simply based on the commonality of language. One of the two other commentators, who was a former player himself, was against that, claiming that the Spaniards were very racist and discriminated against South Americans, so why should they (all three commentators were apparently South American), root for Spain?

He expanded on that point by giving as evidence the fact that when he played for several years in the Spanish soccer leagues (which means he must have been very good, as they are the highest paid ones in Europe), he was constantly under the pressure of discrimination from the Spanish teams.

I found this very interesting, and thought to myself how comments like this, say on ESPN, would cause a maelstrom of controversy in this nation.

Update: The commentator who made the comment was José Luis Chilavert, a former goalkeeper from Paraguay, and considered one of the the 10 best goalies in soccer history; and Univision's "futbol" forums are buzzing with comments about his comments.

City Gallery First Annual Regional Juried Competition

Time is running out to submit for the First Annual City Gallery Regional Juried Competition. The show will be judged by Washington artist and gallerist and my good amigo, Jack Rasmussen. Rasmussen is currently Director and Curator of the American University Museum.

Accepted work will be exhibited at City Gallery located in the heart of the Atlas Arts District from August 7-28. There will be an opening reception on August7 from 6-9pm.

To download a complete prospectus and entry form go to www.citygallerydc.com or email info@citygallerydc.com.

All entries must be postmarked by midnight July 12.

Fridaphiles of the world: Unite!

Check out Google today to see how the celebrate Frida Kahlo's birthday today. Below is a huge Frida Kahlo collage that I did in art school in the 80s.

Frida Kahlo by Campello

Free: Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: July 19, 2010.

Location: Landslide Gallery, Chicago (July 23-31). The Foster Collective, a Chicago based artist collective, seeks visual and written responses to the Gulf oil disaster. All entries must be on gas station paper towels. You can draw, paint, collage or write directly on the towel. Or, you can glue/tape artwork to the towel. Paper towels can be any color or texture. They are usually kept in the same container as the windshield squeegee. Requirements: -Leave 1" margin at the top for hanging. -Please submit the whole paper towel. Do not cut or add to the dimensions, which are typically 9 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches. -Write your name, email address, and location on the back. If you want your piece returned, include SASE. We are currently exploring venues for future exhibitions in other cities. NO FEE... let me say that again: NO FEE!

Send to:

The Foster Collective
C/O A. Watters
2531 N Talman, 1E
Chicago 60647

More info: fostercollective@gmail.com