Federal Arts Funding Beyond ‘Piss Christ’

The short version: Bullies who favor guns over culture distort facts so they can gut federal arts funding; here are some facts. The news “The president’s budget would eliminate the NEA’s $148 million budget, the NEH’s $148 million budget and the CPB’s $445 million budget, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, whichContinue reading “Federal Arts Funding Beyond ‘Piss Christ’”

NYC Art: Independent Art Fair, Armory Show, Chelsea Galleries

Quote of the week by Silas Farley

Classical ballet is this elevating form — you ahve to rise to meet it, whether you are the dancer or the audience. The Thing is, the audience possesses the same instrument. The audience members have the same body. It’s like a cello playing for an audience of cellos.” — Silas Farley, quoted in the Jan.Continue reading “Quote of the week by Silas Farley”

A secret message from my treadmill?

Here are some shots of the TV screen on the treadmill at my gym. What does it mean? Is it random? Is it a self-critique about the difficulty of what meaning can be derived from images and sound out of a treadmill screen, when the gym is a noisy place and my concentration should beContinue reading “A secret message from my treadmill?”

Video: Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Can’t Help Myself”

In Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Can’t Help Myself,” an industrial robot works away inside a glass box at the Guggenheim Museum. What’s it made of? Kuka industrial robot, stainless steel and rubber, cellulose ether in colored water, lighting grid with Cognex visual-recognition sensors, and polycarbonate wall with aluminum frame. Is it making art? Is itContinue reading “Video: Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Can’t Help Myself””

Paul Klee + Gertrude Stein + Nederlands Dans Theater

On the fifth floor of the Met Breuer, in an exhibition called “Humor and Fantasy — The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection,” is this untitled Paul Klee watercolor painting from 1914: A dance program called Shutters Shut was performed among the Paul Klee work by two dancers from the Nederlands Dans Theater who danced in timeContinue reading “Paul Klee + Gertrude Stein + Nederlands Dans Theater”

Some cool art at galleries in Chelsea, New York City

  Carol Bove, Polka Dots, at David Zwirner Philip Guston, Laughter in the Dark, Drawings from 1971 & 1975, at Hauser Wirth Josef Albers, Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders, at David Zwirner Arlene Shechet, Turn Up the Bass, at Sikkema Jenkins Terry Winters at Matthew Marks Valerie Hegarty: American Berserk at Burning into WaterContinue reading “Some cool art at galleries in Chelsea, New York City”

For those in need of inspiration: LeWitt, Hesse and Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Sol LeWitt’s 1965 letter to Eva Hesse. Here is the text of the letter: Dear Eva, It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though). You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minuteContinue reading “For those in need of inspiration: LeWitt, Hesse and Cumberbatch”