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Knock Knock: Opportunities for Artists

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This week’s collection of opportunities for exhibitions, residencies and grants. Continue reading

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Best Value MFAs

Last week, ARTINFO’s Alanna Martinez compiled a list of “The 10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck.” My graduate alma mater, Tyler School of Art, made the list along with Hunter, MIT, and Cal Arts, among others.

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In Defense of Online Education

Last Friday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Mark Edmundson titled “The Trouble With Online Education,” in which the UVA professor criticizes many universities’ focus on developing distance learning tools and programs and argues that an online education will always be inferior to a “real” course.

“A real course creates intellectual joy, at least in some. I don’t think an Internet course ever will. Internet learning promises to make intellectual life more sterile and abstract than it already is — and also, for teachers and for students alike, far more lonely.” Continue reading

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The Practicing Artist

A couple of Sundays ago, the NY Times Magazine included a feature on Jeffrey Deitch, formerly the owner and director of Deitch Projects, and now the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. When asked what “artspeak” he finds most annoying, he answered “When people refer to an artist’s ‘practice.’ Would you refer to Rauschenberg’s work as his practice?” This is a complaint I’ve heard before. In her 2007 article for the Times, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Art,” Roberta Smith also rails against the use of the word “practice” in reference to an artist’s work: Continue reading

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Links List: Artists harming animals in Berlin, a nude statue gets a dollar bill bikini in Arizona, and Occupy Cooper

  • The Berlin administrative court has stopped a German artist who planned to strangle two puppies on stage as part of a performance, “Death as Metamorphosis,” in the Spandau district of Berlin. Thank goodness animal rights prevail here. [The Local]
  • That’s not the only animal v. artist battle in Germany right now. Berlin University of Arts students Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne plan to guillotine a live lamb if the results of an online vote tell them to. Sounds cruel AND derivative. Does anyone else remember a project like this involving a bunny from 2004-2005? [Gawker]
  • Tempe Arizona artist Bill Tonneson caused a stir when he erected a nude statue, inspired by “The Venus of Willendorf,” across from a church and preschool. His solution: using hot glue and dollar bills, he’s created a bikini for her. [ABC15.com]
  • Earlier this week, Cooper Union announced via the NY Times that it would begin charging tuition to its graduate students, as part of an effort to generate income to cover operating deficits. The next day, hundreds of students and alumni gathered in Cooper Square in protest, before marching to a larger student movement in Union Square. [Gallerist]

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Knock Knock: Opportunities for Artists

This week’s collection of opportunities for exhibitions, residencies and grants. A special shout out to the Crest Hardware Art show in Williamsburg. Crest Fest is always a highlight of my summer!  Continue reading

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Links List: Glenn Beck rails against PSU, Thomas Kinkade drank himself to death, and the British Police mess up

  • "Rediscover your radical imagination! This course will focus on creating art within Portland-based activist initiatives, such as marches, actions, and causes different grassroots community groups are working on, like the Occupy and Decolonize movements." This course is not approved by Glenn Beck.

    Surprise. Surprise. Glenn Beck is upset that the good taxpayers of Oregon are funding classes like “Art Within Activism” and “Revolutionary Marxism: Theory and Practice” at Portland State University. Another reason to move to Portlandia. [The Portland Mercury]

  • Was the “Painter of Light” a drunk?  It seems as though Thomas Kinkade did not pass peacefully in his sleep, but passed out. A Santa Clara County dispatcher can be heard in a recording saying: “Apparently he has been drinking all night and not moving.” [The Daily]
  • The British Police accidentally released Lee Wildman, a prime suspect in the £2 million art heist at the Durham City Oriental Museum. [Northern Echo]

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