OK, my new favorite; a content rich, anti-intellectual property site courtesy of your local anarchist librarian.
“Biopunk” is in the spotlight this week as Salon examines the continuing tug-of-war between researchers unlocking the keys of life, companies trying to make big bucks and artists trying to make sense of it all. Meanwhile, over in Sausalito, Genetic Savings and Clone, the company that recently announced “Cc” (carbon copy) the cloned kitty, opens their new Bio Arts Gallery with “Improbable Loves”, new works by Adrian Van Allen. The opening reception is Saturday March 2nd, 6-8 pm at 80 LibertyShip Way, suite 22 in Sausalito. “Improbable Loves” runs March 4th thru May 3rd. Gallery hours are 10-5 weekdays by appointment only. (415)621-4527
Oooooh, curator Larry Rinder’s upcoming Whitney Biennial is going to be fun. The huffing has already started. Painter Gregory Amenoff sniffed “This Biennial certainly doesn’t seem to represent what most people in the art world actually do, - according to Newsweek’s Peter Plagens. Plagens, who followed Rinder around for a while as he put the show together, files an entertaining report.
Read this excerpt from Lawrence Lessig’s book.
simply mindblowing work, created by Afghan women refugees.
Hluchan’s work-in-progress, a huge ball of lint, reminds us “that we are all on the road to disintegration, shedding ourselves to the vast, ever-tumbling dryer of life,” according to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Josh Sens. Sens’ tongue is in cheek, but Sarah is serious. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll pick up your dryer lint to add to her sculpture.
at CRUMB, Curatorial Resources for Upstart Media Bliss. You’ll find tips for curators working with new media, interviews with curators such as Matthew Gansallo (Tate, London) and Natalie Bookchin (Los Angeles), links to net collections, and discussion groups to contribute your own crumbs of wisdom.
“The less people really live - or perhaps more correctly, the more they become aware that they haven’t really lived - the more abrupt and frightening death becomes for them, and the more it appears as a terrible accident.”
New York architecture critic Fred Bernstein’s proposed monument to the World Trade Center is generating quite a buzz. Check it out.
Goodbye, Pete Voulkos.
Gangsta rap meets cubicle culture as David Rees’ clip art office workers skewer Enron in this new installment of his internet comic series. (warning, bad language and equally bad attitude - reader discretion advised.)
If you think copyright law is drafted to protect you from the bad guys, read this editorial by Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher.
with Dorothea Tanning, painter, sculptor, writer, wife of Max Ernst and at 91 one of the world’s oldest living Surrealists.
In a recent entry regarding the Art Expo, I incorrectly stated that the San Francisco Art Institute had “decided to go non-union”. In fact, the Art Institute had absolutely no involvement in or control over labor issues related to the installation of the fourth annual San Francisco International Art Exposition. The Art Institute and the Mayor’s Office worked very hard to resolve a dispute that had occurred earlier in the week between labor and exposition organizers Thomas Blackman Associates. My humblest apologies!
“Lawrence Lessig and other critics have maintained that inflexible copyright rules as they exist often just protect entrenched—and usually uncreative—interests at the expense of virtually everyone else, including many of those the copyright rules were originally supposed to protect.” Read about the new project he’s created to address the issue.
for sharing this link…click through only if you feel, as I do, that contemporary art doesn’t feature nearly enough cats.
Big-time fun for the artistically talented, politically disgusted, and computationally adequate (you need Flash 5): Deface the President!
Robert Hughes as the director of the next Venice Biennale? Should make for an interesting contrast with the next Dokumenta. (See the note on Dokumenta in Quick Stretch, January 24.)
Ed Gilbert, director of Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, posts a thoughtful letter from Venice in the winter issue of Zyzzyva.
According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFMOMA has laid off eleven staffers, but those in the know say the damage is much worse. Thirteen people were laid-off, six forced to go part-time, and at least twenty-five empty positions were cut. Insiders think the cuts equal about 20% of the staff, rather than 4% as reported. They also say that despite the public story that cuts were made equally across all areas, certain departments were targeted. Educational Technologies and Digital Imaging were wiped out completely.