Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering
- The Unexpected Double History Of Banking And The Art World
In fact, we have long entrusted the task of representing our ideas of value to members of two professions that might seem to have little in common: banking and art. And, in the last seven hundred years or so, it has happened more than once that visual and financial inventors have come up with strikingly similar representations. There is more than a shadow of resemblance between the purchase of the Hirst skull in 2007 and the mortgage-backed-securities debacle that made of Lehman Brothers in the following year one of the great public pictures of vanitas we’ve had. And, when you look further into these intersections, you often find that what is really at stake is a change in the way we feel and understand time. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Shock of the New is a 1980 documentary television series by Robert Hughes produced by the BBC in association with Time-Life Films and RM Productions. ... It addressed the development of modern art since the Impressionists and was accompanied by a book of the same name; its combination of insight, wit and accessibility are still widely praised.
- Wikipedia [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on May 22, 2012 -
The Modern Art Iraq Archive
(MAIA) is a resource to trace, share, and enable community enrichment of the modern art heritage of Iraq. Explore the works by artist, browse through related textual materials, or add your own images or stories to the archive.
posted by sciurus
on Mar 2, 2011 -
The CIA spent 20 years promoting modern art as a propaganda tool:
"We wanted to unite all the people who were writers, who were musicians, who were artists, to demonstrate that the West and the United States was devoted to freedom of expression and to intellectual achievement, without any rigid barriers as to what you must write, and what you must say, and what you must do, and what you must paint, which was what was going on in the Soviet Union. I think it was the most important division that the agency had, and I think that it played an enormous role in the Cold War."
posted by BZArcher
on Nov 1, 2010 -
The Smoke Filtration Systems are a series of sculptures that are also working marijuana water pipes. The mechanics of each pipe are thoroughly tested, but the actual sculptures are presented in clean, unused condition.
posted by Joe Beese
on May 25, 2009 -
Music Journalist David Stubbs
has a new book
exploring why when the audience for modern art is huge, that for new music is tiny. The BBC, has an article
about this with an interview with the author and some sound samples.
posted by ob
on Apr 30, 2009 -
a redo of the Lichtenstein modern classic using 2788 hand cut, sanded, and painted dowels mounted on a wall, forming a 3 x 7 foot work of art.
posted by mathowie
on May 29, 2007 -
Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland.
"If art is not seen it is dead.
If art is not conserved, it decays.
Schaulager - a new type of space for art." Originating from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, whose collection is stored at Schaulager under optimal conservation conditions, Schaulager is an institution dedicated to contemporary art – its conservation, research and dissemination. Building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron.
posted by booksprite
on Jul 12, 2006 -
Half-Life meets Matisse
in a virtual reconstruction of the apartment of Etta and Claribel Cone
. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, the sisters amassed one of America's foremost collections of modern art. Today, many of the pieces can be viewed in the Cone Collection
at the Baltimore Museum of Art. As part of the 50th
anniversary celebration of the museum's acquisition of the collection, the Imaging Research Center
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County designed a digital walkthrough
of their apartment so that visitors could see the art in its original context.
posted by Aaaugh!
on May 4, 2003 -
is a manual of artist's instructions for you to actualize. It includes works by over 60 contemporary artists ... Once you have actualized an instruction, please send us a picture and your name, we will include it in the manual" I dont know about you, but I'm going to go get some boards and a bunch of bugs to squash right now - for Baldessari, of course.
posted by vacapinta
on May 5, 2002 -
Artist Demolishes Belongings
Inside a defunct department store in the heart of London's shopping district, dozens of yellow bins move slowly along conveyor belts toward the mouth a gigantic blue machine. Workers in jumpsuits systematically catalogue and weigh the contents of each one. This is British artist Michael Landy's newest work: The items in the bins - coats, photographs, paintings, furniture - are all of his belongings. Over the next two weeks, everything he owns - including a red Saab - will be destroyed.
posted by Mars Saxman
on Feb 10, 2001 -
Jeff Koons on his art:
"I'm interested in making objects that you would want to grab and take with you if your house was burning down. " He also says he's really into cereal boxes. New York Times (registration required)
posted by lockecito
on Jun 27, 2000 -
Chalk one up to Freedom of Expression!
*** WARNING *** Viewers may be offended by bare-asses sticking up in the air!!!
Is this art? In my view, yes. Maybe next time they can face upward and fill in the potholes, instead of creating more speed bumps.
posted by da5id
on Jun 8, 2000 -