As Our Relationships With Artists Change, So Do The Ways We Treat Public Art

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“We don’t see artists as sole, heroic, mysterious creators any more. We are used to appropriation of all kinds, from sampling to mashups to critical homages. We are used to referencing and remixing. We are in constant debate over the possibility of originality. And we are used to the idea of art as vandalism, too.”

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What’s Wrong With Art School

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Jerry Saltz: “A lot of the timid, judgment-averse writing afoot in criticism, as well as the snark adopted by those who were turned cynical in critical programs before they even had a chance to exercise belief, can be traced back to these posh programs. We need to find a way to stop dogmas from being taught and teachers from inculcating students with ideas that were fashionable 30 or 40 years ago, when the instructors were the student’s age.”

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As China’s Art Market Explodes, An Old Mandarin Tradition Is Revived

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“The literati tradition holds the appreciation of art, calligraphy, music, chess and other ‘gentlemanly’ pursuits in high esteem. … Cultural power-brokers have been keen to promote old-style art collecting values, based on connoisseurship, history and tradition. In this vein, museums have been focusing on important collectors and their collections.”

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Folks Do Not Like Pantone’s New Color Of The Year

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Marsala. Pantone describes it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red color”. The Cut describes it as “a color that makes you want to go to Olive Garden or order Tampax in bulk” – and the online commentariat has lots of equally unappetizing assessments.

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Who Owns Public Art, And How Do We Feel About That (A Sea Change)

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“These are different times. We don’t see artists as sole, heroic, mysterious creators any more. We are used to appropriation of all kinds, from sampling to mashups to critical homages. We are used to referencing and remixing. We are in constant debate over the possibility of originality. And we are used to the idea of art as vandalism, too.”

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Japan’s Vagina Kayak Artist Arrested For Obscenity Again

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“Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokude Nashiko – offensive slang which loosely translates as ‘reprobate child’ – was arrested in July for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D printer, inspired by her genitals. She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom.” Now the process seems to be repeating itself.

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Is Instagram The New Authentic Art Experience?

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“I love the idea of finding something that I might not have found otherwise. So I follow one unknown name to another who has “liked” something on another unknown person’s account, who has then “liked” something on another person’s feed, and so on. Linking. Looking. And looking some more. And I have found plenty.”

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Did Putin Give A Picasso From The Hermitage As A Bribe To Get The World Cup?

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A secret British report given to Parliament alleges that the Russian president took two paintings from state collections – one allegedly a Picasso from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg – and gave them to FIFA officials in exchange for their votes for Russia’s bid to host the 2018 world soccer championship.

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Maybe *All* The Designs For The Guggenheim Helsinki Are A Bad Idea

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“There’s nothing especially wrong with any of the individual designs, but taken as a whole, they cast a cynical view of the purpose of architecture (as hype for a project). … “Finns are right to ask whether Helsinki needs the Guggenheim as much as the Guggenheim needs South Harbor.”

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Miami’s Perez Museum Celebrates A Year Open. Great Attendance. But Funding?

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“Miami finally has a flagship public museum capable of staging its own major shows and hosting important travelling exhibitions—above and beyond what the city’s numerous private museums are able to offer. But an ongoing debate about public funding for the institution has laid bare the single biggest challenge for museums and galleries in the city: fundraising in an increasingly competitive climate.”

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Here Is The Great Art The UK Got Last Year In Lieu Of Taxes

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“The Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme allows owners to use their cultural and historical artefacts to pay inheritance tax. It was augmented last year by the Cultural Gifts Scheme, which allows people to give gifts to the nation for a reduction in income tax.”

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Turner Prize 2014 Goes To Duncan Campbell

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“A 54-minute ‘essay film’ that refers to IRA martyrdom, Marxist theory and anthropomorphic ketchup dispensers as it explores the value of art won its maker Duncan Campbell the 2014 Turner Prize. It was by no means a surprise.”

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