Creative Capital just announced $4,370,000 of support for 46 projects and 63 artists in 2016. Of those 43 projects, nearly half are located in New York City and of those 63 artists. over half are people of color.
Creative Capital’s Star Wars themed fundraiser video couldn’t be better timed—the newest Star Wars will screen worldwide next Monday (and this one George Lucas hasn’t been involved with, so it’s supposed be a lot better!). We recommend donating to Creative Capital—they fund the best artists, many of whom make work that is too great a challenge for the commercial gallery system—and seeing Star Wars. We want to discuss the new movie here on the blog! [Creative Capital]
In 2005, 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silver from the Dutch Golden Age were stolen from Holland’s Westfries Museum. Years later, the collection turned up in the villa of deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Now, a nationalist militia is holding the paintings and demanding a “finders fee” for their return. No one seems to be able to agree on how much the artwork is worth. [The New York Times]
The group Historic England is calling on the British public to help locate and preserve the country’s postwar public art. It has become not-uncommon for modernist sculptures to be stolen and sold for scrap metal. [BBC News]
Woodland, North Carolina needs to invest in education. The town council just voted to reject a rezoning application that would allow a solar farm to be built by Strata Solar Company and put a moratorium on all solar development. One resident, Bobby Mann, expressed fears that the panels would “suck up all the energy up from the sun.” Retired science teacher, Jann Mann, was concerned that the panels would prevent photosynthesis from occurring. [Mashable]
London-based art critic Adrian Searle offers his top ten exhibition list. Number one on that list is the Whitney’s reopening. Woot! Number six is Juan Muñoz, whose figurative sculptures have always been a bit of a head scratcher for me. Why are a bunch of laughing footless figures in a room supposed to be beguiling? [The Guardian]
Franklin Sirmans is settling into his new role as director of the Perez Art Museum Miami. The problem? Miamians apparently don’t like giving donations—especially to an institution that was renamed in honor of another private donor. [The New York Times]
An oddly gripping stream-of-consciousness reflection on Christopher Wool by Richard Prince. [Wool735.com via @gregorg]
Jeff Koons is being sued by photographer Mitchel Gray for copyright infringement. The case stems from Koons’ 1986 painting “I Could Go For Something Gordon’s” which recreated a scene from an ad Gray shot for Gordon’s Gin earlier that year. [The Telegraph]
Huh. Upper West Siders who oppose the Museum of Natural History’s expansion plans are planning to protest the opening of Tina Fey’s new film Sisters. Apparently Fey is on the museum’s Board of Trustees and voted in favor of the expansion. [artnet News]
Every summer, when Creative Capital grantees and consultants arrive at the annual Creative Capital Retreat, President and Executive Director Ruby Lerner is there to meet them. It’s a small gesture, but I always thought it reflected the spirit of the organization and Ruby herself: warm, generous, and there for you when you want to get down to work. (Nobody goes to the retreat expecting not to work.)
This year, Ruby announced that she will step down from the helm of Creative Capital.
Given all the accomplishments of the foundation under her lead, I wanted to get a better sense of that history. With the organization hosting its fall benefit tomorrow—a homecoming ball in honour of Ruby—the timing couldn’t be better.
In one of her many talks at the Creative Capital retreat this July, President & Executive Director Ruby Lerner spoke of the importance of keeping the organization weird. The short explanation of what this means is simply that she wants them to continue to fund projects that aren’t beholden to the market. (Lerner has announced her retirement, so the succession planning has begun in earnest.) More specifically, though, it means supporting artists who bring a point of view to the table, who aren’t afraid to fail, and who pursue excellence in whatever field they work in. These are artists who exemplify the creative spirit. Their work must be supported.
In my previous two posts summing up highlights from the Creative Capital retreat, I’ve tried to highlight presentations by artists who I felt exemplified those qualities. In my last post on this year’s retreat, I highlight three more. Here goes.
What were the craziest presentations at this year’s Creative Capital retreat in Troy? In my first installment I provided a brief overview of the arts granting agency’s conference—it’s several days in an auditorium listening to amazing artists give seven minute presentations on their projects—and discussed the work of three stand out artists: Lorraine O’Grady, Brittany Nelson and Narcissister. This week I highlight three more. Let’s get this started.
Good afternoon, Internets! I’ll be recapping the afternoon’s events at MarKEt, a daylong symposium about how to be an art “professional”—you know, how to deal with art and suits. Right now, I’m sitting with the MacBook Army (Kate Sierz, Pepper Kelly, and Sid Branca) under Romanesque chandeliers. We came up with #market15, so you can keep up with us over there, too.
Here’s one way to get your name out: arts-funding organization par excellence Creative Capital is letting you put your name all over their new office—and for less than the cost of your weekly metro card.
Big woots all around for Creative Capital. This year’s 2012 Arts Writers grantees reflect writing for the 99%: writing to preserve histories, writing as activism, and writing to create a community for yourself.