The fragments constitute what the researchers say is the “earliest evidence of a graphic tradition among prehistoric hunter-gatherer populations.” As such, the finds help to illuminate the emergence of symbolic representation—a hallmark of modern human behavior.
Brooklyn-based artist/designer Roy Stanfield had an interesting comment on this news item, “Funny this is framed as graph design instead of art.” Very true, I wonder why.
… 15th-century leather-bound Quran, whose gold-flecked paper was given by the Ming emperor of China to Timur, one of the Mongol conquerors of the Middle East
Of course, AP decided to post a photo of a traditionally garbed Muslim, rather than a photo of a secular Muslim, which represents the vast majority of Muslims in America.
If you think that Detroit’s move is welcome by everyone, think again:
Most disturbing to [director Graham W.J.] Beal was a letter from a member who asked why the museum was “promoting godless Islam.”
“Nobody has said, ‘Why are you showing Native American art?’ I’ve never had that question in my whole career,” he said.
Here are some highlights:
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil a blockbuster show titled, “Olmec: Masterworks of Ancient Mexico,” later this year (opening September 26, 2010) which includes the renowned monumental head basalt sculptures;
- The Getty Villa will open “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire” (March 24–July 5, 2010).
- At the UCLA campus, the Fowler Museum is staging “Fowler in Focus: X-Voto – The Retablo-Inspired Art of David Mecalco” (January 31–May 16, 2010);
- Autry National Center of the American West is mounting “Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied” (September 2010 – January 2011);
- Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, will exhibit “Manchuria: Peripheral Vision – A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective” (May 22 – August 15, 2010);
- Getty Research Institute will show “Obsidian Mirror-Travels” (November 16, 2010 – March 27, 2011);
- And the Museum of Latin American Art – Project Room will have two displays focusing on Mexican artists, “Mariana Castillo Deball” (June 17 – September, 12, 2010); and “Jorge Méndez Blake, All the Poetry Books” (September 23, 2010 – January 3, 2011).
The Christian Science Monitor reports that one of the major works on display at the Getty’s Aztec show is the Florentine Codex, which is:
… a detailed journal recording the various cultural traditions the Spaniards encountered and attempting to contextualize and explain them to European audiences.
“It’s a fascinating document,” says Ms. Lyons, who points out that this is the first time in 400 years that it has returned to this continent. “It helps enormously to understand that this took place during the High Renaissance in Europe,” at the same time that Europe itself was deeply involved in a backward look at its own Roman and Greek cultural traditions.
… [Young] viciously insulted Georgia, peed in a bowl, stripped, masturbated… and got into a shouting match with several people in the audience,” including Sagri—who left the room when Young began masturbating in front of her …
Art Fag City has more information and commentary:
- How Much Pee in Pan Will Prompt Museum Intervention?; and
- Brooklyn Is Burning Co-Curator Sarvia Jasso Responds.
And some commentary by Claudia La Rocco at WNYC’s Performance Club:
After Milan crammed its fashion week into several days to coincide with Anna Wintour’s visit, a group of protestors took to the Piazza Oberdan before Gucci’s show to demonstrate their discontent. Clad in bobbed wigs, sunglasses and t-shirts that said “I Will Only Stay 3 Days,” the ladies leered at press and buyers.
Ahh, the aesthetics of protest in the fashion world. Guess the art world isn’t the only place facing oodles of discontent these days.
Her short film Freshwater is now playing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
In the artist’s new exhibition, Black moves away from her signature representation of commercial goods to celebrating the labors behind everyday life.
Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art Presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
This new exhibition in Evanston, Illinois considers how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence for more than a century.
Over the past decade, the Taos-based artist has outfitted two vintage RVs with hundreds of cast glass pieces that collect light from the desert sky.
Ikon Gallery’s retrospective asserts that Carlo Crivelli’s self-reflexiveness and questioning the nature of the image made him anticipate the “contemporary.”
Guest curated by Alison Burstein, An Asterism* at the school’s Kellen Gallery in NYC features the work of 15 multidisciplinary artists, on view from May 16 through May 27.
The strike was our collective push for a California College of the Arts that truly represented our values after years of our voices being dismissed, ignored, or patronized.
Tanya Aguiñiga, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Vincent Valdez are among the recipients of this year’s grants, funded by the Ford and Mellon Foundations.
All US-based artists, including those who work with NFTs, are welcome to submit to the 2022 Future Art Awards. 25 winners will each receive between $2,500 and $5,000.
But some paleontologists think dinosaur specimens should be in public institutions, not private hands.
Jim Fitton has been in custody since March, when Iraqi officials found 12 small shards of pottery in his luggage.
An exhibition at the Noguchi Museum marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans into detention camps.