Last week, infamous street ad remixer Poster Boy plead guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief in New York. His sentence is 210 hours of community service.
Poster Boy’s lawyer had this to say to the New York Post:
My impression was that the DA’s office took a very harsh view of this case, and they were not terribly flexible.
Anti-ad activist & artist Jordan Seiler agrees the punishment was excessive:
The severity of the sentence obviously reflects the city’s dedication to commercial use of public space over public critique and free expression.
Reuters’ Felix Salmon gives some sound financial advice, namely, don’t invest in art funds. As proof of his point, he cites one fund, The Art Trading Fund, which went bust in just two and a half years.
LA Times art critic Christopher Knight expresses a sentiment that many people are starting to talk about, namely that Reaganomics is the name of the game in the market-obsessed art world. While the rich get richer, everyone else should politely wait for table scraps.
The New York Observer has a profile of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who was ranked #1 in Art Review’s Power 100. While the article is not accurate about the role of curators in the past (it’s untrue that curators were not stars before the 1980s) it does provide a lot of information about Obrist’s life. (via Art Fag City)
In positive museum news, Canada’s Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, is reopening with a brand-new building early next year. The AGA has also signed a three-year partnership with the National Gallery of Canada for an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring works drawn from NGC’s excellent collection. It is a great idea that I wish was used more often as a way to provide access to the large collections of national institutions with a new potential public.
While in Denver, Colorado, Look In My Owl has a report from the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Clyfford Still Museum that will open in 2011.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that everything is cheery in the art world. For instance, the loftily named Fresno Metropolian Museum will close.
And finally, the award-winning blog Bygone Bureau asked some netizens about the Best of 2009 and there’s dozens of worthwhile links listed. We’re particularly proud to point out that Hyperallergic’s very viral “The Top 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World” was mentioned by Joanne McNeil, who said that we had “one of the best posts this year, a parody of the Art Review’s ‘power’ issue.” Thanks Joanne, we heart you too!
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
During his 84-year life, Liu Shiming helped shape a new Chinese cultural image rooted in the contributions and sacrifices of everyday people.
Playing at several film festivals this late summer, Ana Vaz’s It Is Night in America asks the viewer to take on unusual perspectives.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The sealant used for gem-crusted ancient Maya teeth had medicinal properties that prevent tooth infections and decay, according to a new study.
Patrons can listen to a collection of 400 titles at the library and borrow them for up to three weeks.
The Los Angeles-based photographer offers an updated version of the mythologized American cowboy, calling rodeos “the traditional drag of America.”
At its core Line Berg’s Fra Far manifests the anguish of a family whose loved one is convicted of a serious crime.
At first, simply watching people read In Search of Lost Time might seem dull; by the end, you’ll be itching to read or reread it yourself.