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Suggested Reading: Celebrate the Tate Modern and BP sponsorship with oil and dead fish

(From Rachel):I haven’t seen this reported a lot in the news and thought I’d share.

BP oil spill: Tate complicit

On Saturday 15th May, the Tate Modern gallery was forced to close down part of its 10th anniversary exhibition due to dozens of dead fish and oil-soaked birds attached to huge black balloons let loose in the Turbine Hall.

Art activists from the group Liberate Tate released the fish and birds, which filled the ceiling of the Turbine Hall. Tate staff could not remove them all before the evening celebrations, which meant some of the rotting fish remained reminding visitors of BP’s oil spill, which amounts to around 5,000 barrels of oil a day, according to official estimates. However, some scientists say the spill could be as much as 100,000 barrels a day and BP claims there is no way to accurately measure the spill.

Liberate Tate is a growing network of people demanding that the Tate drops its sponsorship deal with BP. They distributed a communiqué throughout the 10th anniversary events promising further actions to free art from oil.

Rachael Wren in New American Paintings #86

Rachael Wren in new edition of New American Paintings #86

Check it out!

Arctic Book Club: Artists Respond to An African in Greenland


Images Courtesy of The EFA Project Space and The Flux Factory

Arctic Book Club: Artists Respond to An African in Greenland

Artists: Amber Cortes, Jenelle Covino, The Green & Bold Coöperative, Katerina Lanfranco, Fabienne Lasserre, Valerie Piraino, Greg Pond, Annie Reichert, Julian Rogers, Ranbir Sidhu, & Christopher Ulivo

September 18 – October 24, 2009

EFA Project Space

323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10018

btw 8th and 9th Ave.

Abbreviated Press Release:

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Flux Factory and EFA Project Space are proud to present Arctic Book Club, on view from September 18 through October 24, at EFA Project Space in Manhattan.  Curated by Jean Barberis and Michelle Levy, this exhibition is the result of a several-month long process embarked on by a group of artists responding to the book, An African in Greenland.

Tété-Michel Kpomassie’s book, An African in Greenland, serves as memoir, ethnography, and travelogue, and is the account of the author’s unique journey from his native Togo to Greenland. As a young man living in Africa, Kpomassie happened across a children’s book about Greenland. Fascinated with the distant Arctic island, he embarked on a remarkable ten-year journey across Africa and Europe, working as a translator along the way, and eventually saving enough money to complete his odyssey and live in Greenland.

In the Spring of 2009, Flux Factory and EFA assembled a cross-disciplinary group of artists to respond to Kpomassie’s book, meeting regularly in the form of a book club. Upon completion of the book, the artists were then tasked to create new work inspired by their internalization of Kpomassie’s narrative and the resulting discussions.

Highlights of the exhibition include The Green & Bold Coöperative’s installation and interactive performance: the artists welcome visitors with kaffemik, a common Greenland tradition of hospitality, while continuously hand-scribing a manuscript of the narrative. Another performance is Christopher Ulivo’s theatrical tribute to the story through a shadow puppet theater. The artist has created whimsical scenery and puppet silhouettes for a script that will be acted out by the artists in the show. Live performances will take place at the opening, and a video with a musical score will be on view throughout the show.

Suggested Reading – ART/WORK – Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

Art_WorkSuggested Reading – ART/WORK—-Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

Heather Darcy Bhandari (director and curator at Mixed Greens Gallery) and Jonathan Melber (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) co-author a career field guide for emerging and mid-career artists.

Interviewing curators, gallerists, collectors, and established artists Darcy Bhandari & Melber aim to help developing artists demystify the social politics of navigating the art gallery and museum systems while providing practical professional resources. This book covers suggested etiquette for artists pursuing gallery courtships, the rudiments of writing protective contracts, and shares tips on constructing grant/residency submission materials.

“The art world is full of people who like saying “there are no rules in the art world,” which is only sort of true. There’s certainly nothing written in stone (there’s barely anything written on paper). And sure, what you do in the studio is entirely up to you; there aren’t any rules about what you choose to make or how you make it. But there are general customs in the art world, and widespread expectations among arts professionals, which you should know before you head out of the studio and start meeting these people.”

Darcy Bhandari & Melber’s comprehensive manual is intended to help artists expand their business practices while encouraging professionalism as it relates to artistic practice. This book serves the dose of practicality needed to aid in dispelling the antiquated over-romanticized notion of the starving artist.
-Dustin Dennis

Brian Zegeer – David Herbert, “Nostalgia for Infinity”

time_out1Brian Zegeer – Time Out New York – David Herbert, “Nostalgia for Infinity”

Brian Zegeer – Artists: Diversify your hustle!

time_out1Brian Zegeer – Time Out New York – Diversify your hustle!

Sharing is caring. Zegeer lists a number of useful resources for the surviving artist.

Jonathan Peck – ARTLURKER

artlurker1Jonathan Peck interview with ARTLURKER

Brian Zegeer – Exploring alternatives to the gallery system

time_out1Brian Zegeer – Time Out New York – Exploring alternatives to the gallery system

Stephanie Lempert in the New York Times

newyorktimesStephanie Lempert featured in the New York Times article When the Message Is the Art.

Yuka Otani and Anjali Srinivasan receive a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for 2008

howisthisglass1Yuka Otani and Anjali Srinivasan received a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant 2008 for their joint Blog, How Is This Glass? Post Glass Artists/Glass Guerillas

Grants & Fellowships Calendar

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