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People Had Problems With the Art Market Eighty Years Ago

by Whitney Kimball on March 1, 2012
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Still think the Art Workers Coalition were the first to object publicly to the art market? Nay. Way back in the 1920s, the New Yorker’s first art critic, Murdock Pemberton, was a vocal opponent of the starving artist ideal. Many of his writings echo those of contemporary critics and, more recently, Occupy Wall Street groups. His granddaughter, Sally Pemberton, has spent the past two years mining his archives and recently published a scrapbook portrait of Pemberton and his peers. The following are pieces from the New Yorker and lecture notes which Ms. Pemberton found in her grandfather’s suitcase in 2009.

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Arts & Labor Calls For an End to Whitney Biennial, Pranking Follows

by Whitney Kimball on February 27, 2012
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This morning, Artinfo reports two protests staged against the Whitney Biennial, which opens to the public on Thursday. Firstly, the OWS Arts and Labor group has sent a letter calling for the end of the Biennial in 2014, indicating that it “upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.” Then a credible press release was sent out under the museum’s name and logo, announcing a break with two of its sponsors — Sotheby’s and Deutsche Bank — the morning of the press preview.

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Tonight at 6: Occupy Museums Meets Inside MoMA

by Whitney Kimball on January 13, 2012
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Occupy Museums is back! Occupy Museums, Arts and Labor, 16 Beaver, and Occupy Sotheby’s plan to orchestrate a massive gathering inside MoMA tonight at 6 PM: a significantly expanded collaboration between activist groups with a wide range of interests. Their press release, and our take.

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After UC Davis, We Need Art: Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave

by Will Brand on December 2, 2011
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“Uselessness” is a pretty good way to identify something as art. Hennessy Youngman said that as a joke – “I can’t possibly sit on all these chairs! ART. “- but it’s true; when in doubt, use value is the division between art and design, video and documentary. Bringing that division into question can create some incredible artworks.

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Occupy Wall Street Protestors Evicted from Zuccotti Park: Who to Follow

by Paddy Johnson on November 15, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street protestors were forcibly removed from Zuccotti Park last night at 1:00 am ending a two month occupation. Hundreds of police officers were put on the task; Tents were violently ripped apart, more than 70 peaceful protestors arrested, and press weren’t allowed into the park.

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Class Tension Palpable at Sotheby’s Auction Protest

by Whitney Kimball on November 10, 2011
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Sotheby's held its best auction in three years last night, while just outside its heavily-guarded headquarters at 1334 York Avenue over a hundred students, union workers, and Occupy Wall Street protesters picketed the auction house’s lockout of 42 union art handlers. Chanting such teamster slogans such as “What's disgusting? Union busting!” and blowing whistles in front of a pair of inflatable mascots – one a rat, the other a fat cat squeezing a worker in its fist – the protests had seemingly little effect on the auction, which cleared an estimated $315.8 million and exceeded the high estimate of $270.8 million. The art handlers have been locked out by the auction company over a contract dispute that began July 29.

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#OWS Arts and Culture Group Asks Mark Di Suvero to Speak Against the Barricades in Liberty Park

by Paddy Johnson on November 8, 2011
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The Occupy Wall Street Arts and Culture committee has written a formal letter asking artist Mark Di Suvero to make a public statement against the barricades in Liberty Park. His sculpture “Joie de Vivre” is a dominent visual in the Occupy Wall Street protests, situated at the South East corner of Zuccotti Park. The police barricaded the piece after a protestor attempted to climb the piece, effectively detaching it from the rest of the politically activated space. The letter and photo essay to follow.

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