The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology is over a thousand pages long. It includes poems by Adrienne Rich, Anne Waldman, and Allen Ginsberg, and by thousands of lesser- and unknown writers from around the world. The work is in multiple languages. And it’s coming to a library near you.
Bronx Museum Is Free, Sets Goal to Raise Attendance by 50% in 2012
If the price of everything is going up, it’s nice to see when some things go down in cost, even if it’s only temporary. The Bronx Museum announced this week that they will be dropping their admission fee in an effort to increase their attendance and reach out to members of the community who haven’t stepped inside.
MTV’s New Art Spots Have Potential to Reach 600M Viewers
MTV is trying to rekindle the “visual playground” of the 1980s and they hope the new art commercials by Rashaad Newsome, Mickalene Thomas, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica and Mads Lynnerup will help them do it.
Baltimore Museum of Art Gets a New Contemporary Wing
If most people think of contemporary Baltimore as the land of John Waters, then maybe the Baltimore Museum of Art’s growing presence on the contemporary art scene may help diversify people’s perceptions beyond the drag queen Divine and campy gay bars. The museum announced details yesterday about their renovation currently in progress on its contemporary wing.
Finally, Nude Art Tours
Looking for a new way to get up close and personal with art? How about a museum tour … in the nude? Artist Stuart Ringholt is offering you the chance.
Met Museum Gets $20M from Astor Estate but Childe Hassam Painting Still Missing
When 1%-ers die, their deaths take far longer than then the deaths of 99%-ers. If their memories don’t linger among their friends and family — or at least their family foundations — then at least their afterlives continue in the courts for years, if not longer.
Dutch Museum Uncovers Van Gogh, Chinese Collector Buys Van Gogh’s House
It’s the dream of any museum to discover that a once dismissed painting in their collection is actually the work of a Master. That scenario recently played out for the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands when a team of researchers from used x-ray techniques to determine that Vincent Van Gogh actually painted “Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses,” which the museum acquired in 1974.
Critic Hilton Kramer Dies at 84
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the influence of conservative art critic Hilton Kramer. A longtime champion of modernism and a harsh critic of contemporary art, Kramer died this morning in Harpswell, Maine.
A New Magazine for Contemporary Chinese Literature
LOS ANGELES — I’d be hard pressed to name a single contemporary Chinese literary writer. So I was happy to hear about Pathlight magazine, an English-language literary magazine that aims to bring contemporary Chinese literature into the English-speaking world.
BMW Guggenheim Lab Cancelled in Berlin Due to Supposed Threats of Violence
The BMW Guggenheim Lab came and went from Manhattan’s Lower East Side without much incident but now the Berlin leg of the Atelier Bow-Wow-designed structure’s world tour is being cancelled because of what organizers are claiming are threats of violence from left-wing anarchist groups.
OWS Mic Check at Sotheby’s Board Member’s Financial District Restaurant
Yesterday, OWS walked into North End Grill in Manhattan’s Financial District to raise awareness among patrons that the establishment is owned by Sotheby’s board member Danny Meyer, who is part of a company that has lockout unionized art handlers since August 2011.
Ai Weiwei Gets Censored on Weibo…Again
“The controls are very strong,” Ai told Reuters by telephone. “They (the government) are very insecure, they are not ready for any kind of change.”