I’m in Portugal, so next week’s posts from yours truly will be Portugal centric: Look forward to reports from The Serralves Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The following week posts will become Venice centric: Venice Biennale here I come!
I’m working off a little jetlag from last night’s travels, so here’s a few links to lead you into the weekend. Follow me on twitter here for ongoing commentary on Portugal and Venice. I can feel a conversation about Europe’s superior bathrooms brewing within me.
- The Milwaukee Art Museum is the only museum in the world about to open a major exhibition of Chinese art organized in direct cooperation with China, and according to Art City has thus far remained quiet on Ai WeiWei’s detention. Would China rescind the show if the museum were to publicly take a stance? Does the museum have a moral obligation to do so anyway? Hyperallergic follows up with a useful summary of Ai WeiWei related news. Tyler Green uses the last half of the week to chide some museums for not imposing heavier art sanctions on China for violating Ai’s human rights and laud others for their agressive protests.
- I’m following Voice Film for CANNES coverage, primarily because I make it a point to read anything Karina Longworth writes on the rare movie news that makes it into my purview. So: Lars Von Trier gets himself banned this year from the festival after describing himself as a jew loving Nazi. Longworth lists the movie as her top film pick at the festival, after Bonsai and The Tree of Life. J. Hoberman runs a review of the film titled: Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia: Wow. I think he liked it.
- Ray Hainer discusses Kara Walker’s Silhouettes at Idiom Magazine in the context of marketing and sales. So. Good.
- Tom Moody posts screenshots of Google’s awful animations from last week. Moody and WIZARDISHUNGRY complain that they aren’t GIFs, presumably as push back against the company’s unfriendly attitude towards the file format. The animations themselves would be ugly in any media though.
- Calling all artists:
Brainstormers is preparing for an exhibition at Rutgers University in Fall 2011. The project will focus on issues connected to the realities of being a visual artist in the contemporary art world.
We want you to be a part of it. There are three main components: an anonymous online survey, an anonymous handwritten record of a particular day, and two digital snapshots. We are hoping to put all contributions on view. Since we would like to portray as broad a cross-section of the contemporary art world as possible, we would love for you to join us!
If you are interested in participating, please send us an email and we will send the details. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility: not currently enrolled in a degree program
Residency: primarily based in the U.S.
Media: all visual artists are encouraged to submit