Julian Assange is facing 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse.
For his elegant new film, Laurent Grasso was allowed to film in the Salon Doré, the golden-hued office of the President of France.
Greenpoint’s “HERO BRADLEY MANNING” mural returned to Nassau Avenue after a brief hiatus. Manning’s trial begins today.
The art world is a notoriously secretive place. Even though it’s pretty much universally agreed upon that the system and its attendant economics are royally screwed up, people are still hesitant to talk openly about the problems. In the past year, thankfully, this has been shifting a bit, due in part to the efforts of Occupy Museums, Arts & Labor, and other OWS-offshoot groups, as well as organizations like W.A.G.E., which presented the data it gathered from a 2010 survey about payments to artists who exhibited with nonprofit institutions. (The conclusion? Artists are [fucking] poor. Why? Because they often go unpaid.)
What do Wikileaks and the art world’s response to the censorship of David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly” by the Smithsonian have in common? Both make public what elites want to keep secret. They illustrate how little, if anything, can be hidden anymore and demonstrate how the more something is concealed the more the demand for it to be revealed grows.
What the complex and seemingly unrelated stories of Wikileaks and the censorship of “A Fire in My Belly” at the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture highlights is how insiders, or those with insider access, can use their privilege to unsettle the status quo when it isn’t working anymore.
Some of us have been thinking the same thing. Since the art world depends on tight-lipped kowtowing to the power$ that be, I can’t think of a field that needs a “Wikileaks” more than the art world. The recent Los Angeles MOCA censorship story regarding the Blu mural must have a paper trail somewhere or at least information that has not been made public yet. Bring it insiders, feel free to use our contact form and we will respect your confidentiality.