Vanessa Beecroft, White Madonna with Twins, 2006, Digital c-print, Galleria Lia Rumma
Time to play a little catch up around here. A few news points I’ve missed over the last couple of days as a result of various freelance jobs:
- For the few readers I have who don’t also read Kottke everyday, two important links from since he returned to his laptop this week: Those who want to read The Atlantic online can now do so without having to be a subscriber. As of this week the pay wall went down.
- Also via Kottke: A double blind peer review shows women more likely to get book deals if gender of the the author is unknown.
- Apparently W.H.D. Koerner has replaced Tom Lee as the president’s favorite artist. He’s not much of an improvement. Via Conscientious.
- Think the art entries on Wikipedia suck? You should. The Art Wikimarathon seeks to correct this problem on January 26th by collecting a bunch of art volunteers to pull an all nighters fixing a few of those write ups. Via Facebook and MTAA
- Art Star and the Sudanese Twins a film capturing Vanessa Beecroft’s fascination with herself and Sudanese orphans, lets the artist hang herself says Vulture. A rather large quote below:
Beecroft says her adoption [of the twins] will be “not just fetishization of the blacks. It will be a beginning of a relationship with that country.” The film documents the significant gap between Beecroft’s theory and her actions.
Upon her arrival in the Sudan, Beecroft hurries to set up a photo shoot, hiding the cameras from the orphanage’s sisters, calling the babies “these poor creatures.” Which baby should she photograph? “Either one or the other,” she says, “it doesn't matter.”
Repeatedly, Beecroft claims that she “loves this culture” — but, in the film's most disturbing scene, sisters from the orphanage try to stop her from stripping the children nude inside their abbey for an elaborate photo shoot. Beecroft refuses, complains, starts shooting again, and eventually loses a physical confrontation with one of the sisters, who takes the children away from her, furious that Beecroft is stripping children naked inside a church. “Christ, these people,” Beecroft moans, as she barricades herself inside, pushing a pew up against the door to keep the sisters out of their own abbey.
Um, ew! Beecroft shames the fine art profession with her racist and self involved behavior.