Thursday, May 28, 2020

Covidism

I've got an ass-kicking epic article coming in the Crier Media newspaper chain this June - as soon as link is up, will publish it -- get a hard copy anywhere... loads of illustrations.

Subject?


Here's a taste of the article:
In the nation, the pandemic has had an interesting, if not unexpected American twist: it has become a political issue of sorts. The angry left blames the President – just the President – for everything, and the angry right mirrors it right back to whoever is/are the leaders of the Democrat party these days.
Leave it to artists to actually do something positive not only with these two political interpretations of a disease, but also with a myriad of interpretations of the Covidian Age and Covidism – and I suspect that a millennia from now, when perhaps even more dark events have been survived by the human race, it is the First Covidian Age artwork which will truly tell the story and mark the crowning spot (pun intended) of the Coronavirulization of art.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Creative in Quarantine conversations

Join Hirshhorn Museum curator emerita Phyllis Rosenzweig for a Creative in Quarantine conversation Thursday May 21 4-5pm. 

This is one in a series of weekly conversations produced by Day Eight’s Arts Writing Fellowship project and Cove Coworking during the corona quarantine. 

All events are free and to ensure interaction among attendees attendance is capped at 10. After registering a private link is provided to join on Zoom. The events are hosted by Robert Bettmann.

Phyllis Rosenzweig - Thur May 21 4-5pm

Phyllis Rosenzweig is curator emerita at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. At the Museum she organized exhibitions by contemporary artists such as Byron Kim, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Struth, and Lawrence Weiner. She has taught at George Washington University and at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and remains active in curatorial and publication projects. Register here.

Full series is in the “event” on Facebook and the next ones are:

Edward Winkleman - Wed May 27th 4-5pm

Edward Winkleman is Director of Digital Operations at John Wiley and Sons, an American multinational publishing company founded in 1807. He began his career in the art world with a series of guerilla-style exhibitions organized in New York and London under the name 'hit & run' and in 2001 co-founded Plus Ultra Gallery in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, New York. Moving into Manhattan's gallery district in Chelsea in 2006, he changed the name of the gallery to Winkleman Gallery and the gallery's exhibitions were reviewed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, the New Yorker, TimeOut New York, and Art on Paper, among others. He authored an eponymous and highly influential blog about the art world and politics and was a contributing editor to the international blog Art World Salon. He lives in New York City.

Ron Charles - Tue June 2nd 4-5pm

Ron Charles is a book critic at The Washington Post. Prior to joining the Post, Charles was the book review editor and staff critic for seven years at The Christian Science Monitor. In 2010 he began a series of video book reviews for The Washington Post called "The Totally Hip Video Book Review". Sometimes featuring his wife, high school English teacher Dawn Charles, the videos are humorous reviews of books in the news and the art of book reviewing.

Maura Judkis - Thursday June 11 Noon-1pm

Maura Judkis is a features reporter covering culture, food, and the arts for the Washington Post. She has also received recognition as a humorist, essayist, food taster, and video presenter. In 2018 she won the James Beard Foundation media award for humor for her article about pumpkin spice. Since 2011, she has written for the Washington Post as a general assignment reporter in the Style section.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Covidian Age: $5,000 grants

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. 

No Entry Fee. 

Details: http://bitly.com/3bLqUVh

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Transformer's 13th annual Collector's View series

Transformer's 13th annual Collector's View series -- which offers a glimpse into the private collections of prominent contemporary art collectors in the DC area -- is online. While in previous years this series was held in the homes of their collector Hosts, this year, Transformer has re-imagined this series in response to current events.

Collector's View 2020 Reimagined Online is a series of daily videos in which a different Host will share a favorite artwork in their private collections. This year's diverse lineup of Hosts include: Molly Donovan, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, Svetlana Legetic, Co-Founder and CEO of Brightest Young Things, and Lucian Perkins, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning independent photographer and filmmaker. 

Collector's View 2020 Reimagined Online is free and registration is required. People who register will have access to a new video every Monday - Friday at 4pm throughout the month of June. 

Unique opportunity to have an intimate glimpse into the homes and collections of their Hosts!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Artist Booster Grant 2020

Just a reminder that tomorrow at midnight is the deadline to apply for an Artist Booster Grant 2020. Submissions to-date have been both fascinating - amazing artists - and heart breaking stories.

Please share with any and all you would like to encourage and support in the arts.

A View from the Inside Out, will award two unrestricted $500 grants to artists who are persisting in their work and community despite the turbulent times:

Two $500 unrestricted grants to support artists and their ongoing work in these challenging times. Organized by A View from the Inside Out, a mentor-mentee program that builds community art projects while advocating for ethical labor policies and practices.

Open to all artists. Period. No application fee. No restrictions on how the funds are used.

Deadline to apply: May 15 2020
Awards Announced: May 29 2020
To apply click here.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Call for funny animal pics

Deadline: May 31, 2020 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are looking for funny wildlife images. The competition has six categories: 
• The Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures of the Land Category 
• The Spectrum Creatures in the Air Category 
• The ThinkTank Photo Junior Category 
• The Amazing Internet Portfolio Category 
• The Olympus Underwater Category 
• The Video Clip Category. 

No Entry Fee. 

Friday, May 08, 2020

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this would be rip-off asswipe:
Beacon Actis - beacarctt00@outlook.com
Good Day,
How is work and family? I picked interest in your artwork and decided to write you. I will like to know if your artwork can be purchased and shipped internationally?. I can email the artwork of interest and payment will be completed in full once you confirm my purchase order with a quotation. Kindly let me know when you are in office and ready to take my artwork order also let me know if you accept either Visa Card/MasterCard or PayPal for payment
Best Regards
Beacon

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Available $$$ for Virginia Arts and Humanities Organizations

More Than $1 Million Available for Virginia Arts and Humanities Organizations Struggling Due to COVID-19

Virginia’s state-wide arts and humanities councils will receive more than $1 million in federal funds designated for emergency relief to arts and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, according to a joint statement by Virginia Humanities and Virginia Commission for the Arts.

The funds are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March. The $2 trillion aid package includes $75 million each for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a portion of which will be sent to state and territorial arts and humanities councils to redistribute to nonprofit organizations in need.

Application information and eligibility requirements are now available on VirginiaHumanities.org and Arts.Virginia.gov. The deadline for museums, historic sites, and educational and cultural institutions to apply to Virginia Humanities is April 30 and the deadline for arts agencies to apply to the Virginia Commission for the Arts is May 8.

Virginia arts and cultural organizations can also apply directly to the NEH and NEA for aid of up to $300,000 (NEH) and $50,000 (NEA).

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The Coronavirulization of the American Art Scene

National impact of COVID-19 on the arts is $4.8 billion... and rising! 

According to a study by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the economic impact of the Wuhan Flu Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the arts and culture sector is significant, with over 42.3 million lost attendance and close to 27,000 people furloughed or laid off from jobs with cultural organizations.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

From Margery Goldberg

A note from DMV art icon Margery Goldberg - click anywhere on the below to see some great ideas:
Dear Zenith Friends,
 Mother's Day. What do Mothers want the most? To see their children happy, healthy, successful, fulfilled, engaged in life.They want grandchildren, but probably should not ask when!
 They want to be with their family no matter how large or small. Now this is the hard part given our current situation. Some cannot be together now. Even though in some families they have not spent this much time with their children in a long time. They say there will be a surge of homeschooling now that people have the handle on it.  
 Mothers are all ages. Our children are mothers, our sisters and cousins are mothers, and even some fathers have to be mothers!
I believe that being a mother is as much of a state of mind as a physical actuality. I am a stepmom to wonderful men; they have families and I have grandchildren. Being a mom does not mean you had to give birth to them. If that were true then everyone who gives birth would be a great mom. Fortunately, most are fabulous moms. Some over-mom and they hover, and as a dear friend says, you give them roots so they grow wings.  
 The preeminent mother of them all is Mother Nature. She is all wise and she is in control. If anyone had any doubt, these last few months should leave no doubt in your mind. We will either abide by her demands or we will perish.  
 What does your mother, daughter, sister or any woman that means something to you want?
Something personal, no matter how small. Zenith is here to help you with that. Whether it be a piece of jewelry, a work of art, a gift certificate so she can pick out her own. How about a commissioned portrait of Mom or the entire family? Today you can see a number of those artists to choose from. Hubert Jackson, Davis Morton or Bradley Stevens have very distinctive styles, so you have a lot to choose from.
 It is time to show your mom or any mom in your family some appreciation. They are doing more than ever.

Friday, May 01, 2020

The Coronavirulization of the Self Portrait - Call for Artists!

The Corona Portrait Project invites submissions of self-portraits created in response to the current pandemic. Accepted entries will be exhibited online and select entries will be featured. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis, do not wait to submit. See website for submission instructions. 

No Entry Fee. 

Details: http://www.coronaportrait.com/