Archive for July, 2010

time for some Smithson

via Fbook link

Robert Smithson is an artists, who I stay close to – the two links here give some major inspiration
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and
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Ed Ruscha

Ed-Ruscha

I saw this exhibition last week in Stockholm – the link has a really great interview where the artist speaks about his work and it’s one of the best I have encountered in recent years – lucid, direct enough to keep you engaged and thoughtful in its simplicity. A welcome experience when compared to the rather over inflated contextualisations and jargon foisted onto so many contemporary artists, anxious about educational research and methodological responsibilities.
more Ed

cutswatch

via the Guardian

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It’s hard to believe that a national U.K. newspaper should have to set up such a page – fed by the readers – about the coalition government cuts in arts and culture. Let’s hope the newspaper does a little better in some serious reporting on what is really happening and do a better job than when supporting Nick Clegg’s political machinations at the election. In the previous Tory reign there was a curious thematic mainstream support of the ‘Arts’ through ministers like Heseltine and Palumbo – old style cultural libertarians, but will this time around see them so liberal-minded?
Cutswatch is a negative strategy for a leading daily publication which should be vigorously championing, not just dealing in user content. The news for many engaged in daily artistic practices will be elsewhere.
The actual cuts are very evenly spread with low percentage reductions across the A-Z listings of organisations – this does not look sustainable, so it should get interesting when the real story emerges. Anyone getting the financial support won’t be complaining publicly about anything……just yet!

muslim blue

from south west of Shanghai to the British Museum – from Iran to China, from China to Europe and from Europe to the rest of the world. porcelain + cobalt blue, dragons, gifts to a living god

via bbciplayer