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Power outage cancels some UM classes
Some classes are canceled at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor following power outages on Central Campus       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Art University of Michigan University of Michigan Library The arts Arts Michigan Music College
Power outage cancels some University of Michigan classes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Some classes are canceled at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor following power outages on Central Campus. The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/2bZa6Ag ) reports the university's College of Literature, Science and the Arts sent out a notice that classes in affected buildings were cancelled ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Michigan University of Michigan University of Michigan Library Art Arts The arts Ann Arbor Michigan Music
Datebook: Innovative SoCal prints, cinematic video installation and portraits that examine race and class
And so it begins… The fall arts season is upon us with a tsunami of exhibitions that cover everything from large-scale video installation to intimate drawing to Chinese feminism. This includes historic prints at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, paintings by Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe and a...
153 points by Los Angeles Times | Art museum Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles Art Los Angeles County California Los Angeles County Museum of Art Pasadena California Interstate 405
Grants available to bring professional artists to schools
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Arts Council says teachers and administrators can apply to participate in a new program that will bring professional artists into schools. A statement from the Kentucky Arts Council says schools can apply to participate in the Showcasing the Arts program through Oct. 1. The ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Performance Music Teacher Arts Kentucky Art Arts-related lists Private school
Don’t miss this: Arvada Center marks 40 years
As one of the metro area’s most consistently visible, intelligently booked cultural venues, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has a lot to be proud of over its four-decade history.
11 points by The Denver Post | Music Culture Arts Arvada Colorado The arts Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Popular culture Art
Michael Shvo indicted for evading $1M in taxes
The art collector turned himself in on charges of criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.
4 points by New York Post | Manhattan Roy Lichtenstein Andy Warhol Cyrus Vance Jr. Cyrus Vance Art Tax Arts
Palm Springs Film Festival Taps Toronto Programmer Michael Lerman
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has selected veteran festival programmer Michael Lerman as artistic director, who’s replacing the departed Helen du Toit. The festival made the announcement Thursday on the opening day of the Toronto International Film Festival, where Lerman serves as acting head of programming and primetime programmer. He’s also the artistic director for... Read more »
9 points by Variety | Film Film director Martin Scorsese Toronto International Film Festival Jack Nicholson Art Steven Spielberg The Palm
University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade to unveil its second mural at Chill
The Art Bomb Brigade, a community arts program run by the University of Akron's Myer's School of Art, will unveil its second mural at Chill, Akron's gourmet ice cream shop. AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade is putting the finishing touches on an ultra contemporary mural at Chill, Akron's new gourmet ice cream shop. The work will be unveiled Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. during the Akron Farm and Flea Market at 51 East Market and Maiden Lane in Akron. The market runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features music by local musicians ZACH and the Fourons. Local food, fare and craft vendors will also be available. The Chill mural is being painted by university alumni artists Rosa Maille, Matt Miller, David Pluck, Leah Prischak, Francisca Ugalde and Ryan Weiss. The artists are working with the illustrator and skateboarder, Jay Croft, an Akron native. Croft is a longtime zine creator, blogger, painter and designer, as well as the visual merchandiser for VANS "OFF THE WALL" shoes. "Art Bomb works to bring together Akronites, teachers, artist, and community organizations to create positive change in our city," said Art Bomb director and university associate professor of art education, Elisa Gargarella, in a news release. "Art Bomb serves as a model to the region for how public art can transform communities into more sustainable, more creative, more economically rich and more culturally engaged places to live and work." Art Bomb is a community arts program run by the university's Myers School of Art. The group was awarded a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge to impact the community through murals created by art students, university alumni and local artists. Art Bomb's first major mural was created at the Downtown Akron Laundromat on South Main Street this past summer.
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Art Visual arts Arts Music Ohio Local food University of Akron
Atlanta Falcons’ massive new statue is ridiculous in every sense
When you enter the home of the Atlanta Falcons, you will root for the Falcons, dammit. With ownership set to unveil the team’s new $1.5 billion stadium in 2017, fans should prepare not for shiny turf nor high-tech screens but a massive piece of metal. In one year, Atlanta taxpayers, who contributed more than $200 million to the...
468 points by New York Post | Atlanta Falcons Art Arthur Blank Visual arts Property Atlanta National Football League Vice President of the United States
Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator brings innovative events, after school programs to Cleveland
Cleveland's new Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator is redefining the concept of audience participation this weekend. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland's new Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator is redefining the concept of audience participation this weekend. On Friday, the community arts space will host a show by collage artist Dakarai Akil at 8 p.m. In conjunction with the show, Twelve Executive Artistic Director Daniel Gray-Kontar has issued a "live call for submissions" to Cleveland writers to respond in real-time to Akil's work. At the end of the evening, the writers will submit their work for publication in Dakarai's forthcoming book "GodBody," to be published by Guide to Kulchur Press. Additionally, local hip-hop artists including Candi Fresca,DJ Red-I and Aaron A-Live Snorton will be invited to share their beats to inspire the writers. "This is multi modal and multi-textured and has lots of layers," says Kontar. "It's an innovative process I've never seen before, we're excited to see what happens ... I'm not certain what that will be, but it will be a new intersection of art and text."  A midnight reading will conclude the evening, which is free and open to the public. Opened in May, Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator, 325 E.156th Street,  is one of Cleveland's most innovative community art spaces. The space hosts monthly poetry slam competitions for adults and teens and has produced staged readings by such playwrights as Cleveland Arts Prize winner Mary E. Weems. Twelve is also home to innovative after-school and community programs, such as their open mic after school fellowship program for writers 13 to 19 and their Reverb program, which partners adults who have been incarcerated with teens who have been in the juvenile justice system to produce a record. Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator is currently running a GoFundMe campaign for these and other educational programs. Visit   https://www.gofundme.com/twelveeducation to donate.
70 points by The Plain Dealer | Art Arts ART Hip hop music Community theatre Community arts ARTS Juvenile delinquency
The Charlestown 'balloon guy' and the art of inflation
A childhood dream is lifelong avocation
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Balloon Balloons Balloon modelling Art
'Detours' podcast: Whizbang!, Dirtiest Most Bizarre Art Show
Detroit arts and entertainment podcast checks in with circus event at Tangent Gallery and alternative fest at Old Miami        
25 points by Detroit Free Press | Performing arts Music Performance Art Detroit Free Press Detroit Arts Ford Motor Company
Why all eyes are on Southeast Asia
Not to be outdone by North Asia, which hosts major events like Art Basel every year, Southeast Asia is rapidly growing its own art fair line-up.
233 points by CNN | Thailand Art Southeast Asia Bangkok Philippines Vietnam Asia Overseas Chinese
Bruce Nauman, Art Provocateur, Returns. Are You Ready?
The multimedia artist is redefining a signature video piece from 1968 in his first major new work in seven years.
1919 points by The New York Times | Bruce Nauman Art Ciara
Most expensive back to school kit ever?
Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with art supplies manufacturer Faber-Castell on a collection of high-end drawing tools and supplies that any art lover would dream of.
1566 points by CNN | Pencil Faber-Castell Art Pencils Drawing Creativity Art materials Charcoal
9/11 museum to open first art exhibit for 15th anniversary of attacks
To recognize the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is unveiling its first-ever art...       
56 points by USA Today | September 11 attacks World Trade Center September 11 Lower Manhattan World Trade Center site Al-Qaeda The Pentagon Art
They actually exist and can drive

4365 points by CNN | Automobile Art Burning Man Transport Walking Internal combustion engine Vehicle Black Rock Desert
Art comes in all forms at Weare Middle School
Seventh-grade students in Dayna Spinner’s art classes at the Weare Middle School have undertaken a hands-on street art project using paper covered walls.The seventh-grade curriculum poses the question, “What is art?” and includes the art forms of graffiti and street art. Students learn about some of...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Graffiti Art Banksy Street art Education Graffiti and unauthorised signage Stencil College
Demers and Krycki announce engagement
Demers–KryckiTracy Demers of Chichester and Charles Demers of Allenstown announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Demers, to Nicholas Krycki, son of Henryk and Sarah Krycki of Newmarket.Demers, of Barnstead, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in nutriti...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Plymouth State University Robert Frost United States New Hampshire Merrimack County New Hampshire University System of New Hampshire Texas Art
Meet the Real Artist Behind Lily Tomlin’s Paintings on ‘Grace and Frankie’
“Grace and Frankie” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but there is another star of the series whose face has never been seen onscreen. That person is Nancy Rosen, the real-life artist who provides all of the paintings on the series for Tomlin’s character, who is a painter and art teacher. The Chicago-based Rosen has provided paintings... Read more »
-1 points by Variety | American film actors Jane Fonda American television actors Nine to Five Lily Tomlin BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Art
DSO hosts art exhibition by Detroit artists
Fulfilling a longstanding ambition, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center will now host ongoing art exhibitions        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Art
Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Live Stream Relocated
Shia LaBeouf and his artistic collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner released a statement Saturday that announced that their planned four-year-long live stream has been relocated from New York to Albuquerque, N.M. The strongly-worded announcement disparaged the Museum of the Moving Image, where the installation was originally set up. The project, launched on the day of President Donald... Read more »
125 points by Variety | Donald Trump Shia LaBeouf Art Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2003 in film Disturbia Holes
Mayor's Safe Art Space Task Force holds forum for public input
College students, artists and other supporters of Baltimore's arts community gathered Thursday evening at the War Memorial Building to discuss safe, affordable housing and workspaces for artists. The forum, held by Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Art Space Task Force, was held to solicit thoughts and...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Arts Space Music Arts-related lists City council The arts The Work Art
Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition showcases rising star talent (photos)
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition shows off rising star talents. From start to finish, students are in charge of running the entire show. It runs from Feb. 17 to March 19 in the school's Reinberger Gallery. PREVIEW Cleveland Institute of Art Student Independent Exhibition Reinberger Gallery (11610 Euclid Ave.) Friday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information The Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) allows the school's rising star talent to take the reins. Now in its 71st year, the annual show is organized entirely by students. That means they handle every aspect of the exhibit, like installing the works, selecting jurors and all the details in between. The SIE opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb 17 at the school's Reinberger Gallery, 11610 Euclid Ave. It will be on view through March 19.  60 works will span mediums across the curriculum, offering a fresh perspective to contemporary art by freshman through seniors. Students bring their unique approaches to photography, video, jewelry and more. A trio of jurors have been selected by the students. They include Shawn Cross of the popular comic Cyanide & Happiness, whose art has also been featured in a film by Stephen King. He also co-owns and designs a clothing line, AMN Clothing. Adam Holtzinger, another juror, is a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate now based in Brooklyn, NY, who has taught, lectured and demonstrated glassblowing nationally and internationally. Rounding out the jurors is Julie Schenkelberg, a Cleveland expat who specialized in large-scale installations and has had her work featured at the Sculpture Center, the Mattress Factory, SITE:LAB in Grand Rapids and more.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Education Installation art Art Jury Stephen King The Works Exhibition The Juror
Traveler’s work showcased at McGowan Fine Art
Vermont artist Valerie Hird has traveled the Middle East and Central Asia for 25 years. Her paintings explore cultural mythologies and Western icons.A sampling of her work will be on display at McGowan Fine Art from Tuesday through March 24 called “Dreaming of Another World, Nomadic Reflections.”Eas...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Middle East Asia Afghanistan Central Asia Cultural anthropology Art Culture Turkic peoples
Berlin Film Review: ‘Beuys’
Beuys’ heyday came during a period of volatile politico-artistic ferment, from the Red Brigade to Fassbinder’s feverish output, and to ignore this seems downright perverse considering the political nature of the artist’s work.
5 points by Variety | Art Aesthetics Joseph Beuys Kleve Fluxus Marcel Duchamp Fat The Documentary
First Friday to feature “March for Art” theme
The First Friday arts festival is scheduled from 5-11 p.m. March 3 at venues throughout the Arts District, near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Main Street. Live entertainment, artists’ booths, food vendors and more are planned. The event is set to include artists, the artisan bazaar, food trucks, music and a live painting exhibition. The streets surrounding the block that includes Art Square, 1025 S. First St., are set to close for tents and trucks with food, art and music. The theme for the show is “March for Art.”
11 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Music Arts Art The arts Painting Las Vegas metropolitan area Street History of painting
In the face of facism, he showed industrial-strength optimism: The art of Moholy-Nagy at LACMA
The optimism of László Moholy-Nagy is staggering. Here was an artist who, born into difficult circumstances in a small farming village in southern Hungary, turned 19 just eight days before Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated at Sarajevo in 1914, igniting the fuse of the Great War.  Moholy-Nagy...
345 points by Los Angeles Times | Bauhaus Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Walter Gropius László Moholy-Nagy World War I Modernism Art Abstract art
Berlinale: Stanley Tucci Defends the Arts as Trump Looms
On Saturday, Stanley Tucci became the latest star to blast U.S. President Donald Trump in Berlin, saying that if his administration has its way, it would “eviscerate funding for the arts.”   The actor, writer, and director spoke at a press conference following the premiere of “Final Portrait,” which stars Geoffrey Rush as Swiss artist... Read more »
13 points by Variety | Donald Trump Alberto Giacometti President of the United States Ivana Trump Federal government of the United States Fred Trump Arts Art
In Mexico City, a PST LA/LA presentation becomes a cultural salvo in favor of U.S.-Mexico exchange
Under ordinary circumstances, the gathering of several dozen artists, U.S. museum leaders and journalists for a news conference at the Museo Jumex, the contemporary art museum in Mexico City’s tony Polanco neighborhood, wouldn’t be noticed beyond art world insiders interested in upcoming programs...
615 points by Los Angeles Times | Mexico City United States Art museum Mexico Art Polanco Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Trust
Mystery ‘space capsule’ found on the side of the road
A space capsule-like item on the side of an Arizona interstate caught the attention of drivers Monday who may have thought astronauts touched down in the desert. Several people traveling along Interstate 10 just outside Casa Grande, Arizona — about 50 miles south of Phoenix — contacted authorities after spotting the capsule, which turned out...
99 points by New York Post | Phoenix Arizona Arizona Art Broadsheet KPNX Gannett Company
How graffiti, neon signs and Pee-Chee folders taught artist Patrick Martinez to see Los Angeles
Graffiti taught Patrick Martinez how to look at Los Angeles. As a teen, the born-and-bred Angeleno joined his brother and friends on frequent graffiti runs, tagging up bits of municipal infrastructure and old industrial sites. Martinez says that much of what he produced in those days was rather...
310 points by Los Angeles Times | Art Pasadena California Los Angeles Fine art The Work Neon Visual arts Aesthetics
Meet the mother of pigeons
Some New Yorkers think of pigeons as “rats with wings.” Artist Tina Piña Trachtenburg, who calls herself Mother Pigeon, sees the common city scavenger in a much different light. “To me, pigeons are little beds of flowers as I walk around the city,” Trachtenburg told The Post. “So much cooler than human beings,” the eccentric...
-2 points by New York Post | Bird Human Art Columbidae Thought Humans New York City Walking
Baltimore Clayworks contemplates sale of building(s) to ease debt
Since its founding in 1980 by a group of artists specializing in pottery and ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks has enjoyed considerable success, exanding into two historic buildings on opposite sides of Mount Washington's Smith Avenue with a combined 17,500 square feet used for creating, exhibiting...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Arts Art Music Recession The Sale The arts The Mount House
Necessary Links: Museums in Egypt and France re-open, Met Museum faces deficit, 'Spiral Jetty' as Utah's state art
Important museums re-open after very different attacks. A key American critic passes away. The Metropolitan Museum of Art faces a financial diet. Here are your Necessary Links: — Art critic Dore Ashton, who wrote some of the earliest histories of the Abstract Expressionists, has passed away. New...
14 points by Los Angeles Times | Metropolitan Museum of Art Art Art museum New York City Robert Smithson Modernism Daniel Libeskind Louvre
Artist claims ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ designer stole her work
A Manhattan artist claims an interior design company stole her pictures to peddle pricey products from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The dreamy shots by Kalliope Amorphous, who adds blur, reflections, and uses multiple exposure to pictures of herself, were included in advertisements for a brass chest for $21,000; a $10,000 coffee table and...
9 points by New York Post | Photography Marketing Advertising Table Art Design Graphic design Communication design
Q&A: ‘Force Majeure’ Director Ruben Ostlund on ‘The Square’
Swedish helmer Ruben Ostlund, whose latest film, the black comedy “Force Majeure” won a prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and earned a Golden Globe nomination, privately unveiled a clip of “The Square,” his upcoming provocative satire, ahead of the movie’s pitching at Goteborg Film Festival’s work-in-progress showcase. Deep in editing, Ostlund talked about the... Read more »
124 points by Variety | Art Film Actor Dominic West Elisabeth Moss Ayumi Hamasaki
Göteborg’s Draken Film To Prolong Festival Experience Via VOD
When Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival – the largest showcase in the Nordic countries – closes its 40th edition today. the 30,000-plus audiences must wait till next year’s programme for another selection of art house movies. Unless they subscribe to Draken Film. The festival’s VOD service launched in 2014 to show hand-picked films from around... Read more »
55 points by Variety | Movie theater Film Sweden Film festival Art Swedish language Nordic countries Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks now on view at Cleveland Museum of Art (video)
A look inside the process of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most influential popular artists in contemporary art, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of the most influential and popular artists of the last 50 years, Jean-Michel Basquiat created art both on the street and in fine galleries. Now you can see into his work's process with this exhibition of Basquiat's notebooks, revealing the process of his works. The exhibition runs at the Cleveland Museum of Art until April 23. If you're in the mood to party while you check out the work, the show will be highlighted at this month's MIX event at the museum.  Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and is curated by Dieter Buchhart, guest curator, with Tricia Laughlin Bloom, former Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.
916 points by The Plain Dealer | Jean-Michel Basquiat English-language films Art Curator English musical groups 1980s music groups Museology
Artisans achieve the perfect balance in their live-work rental in Watts
It's 11 o'clock, and the Metro Blue Line train is speeding past the Watts apartment of Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson.   The designers are busy on the second floor of the former light bulb factory, however, and don’t notice the racket. You get the sense, in fact, that the designers revel in their...
62 points by Los Angeles Times | Pottery Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles Metro Blue Line Andrew Paulson Weaving Design Art
Inside the store that launched Midcentury design to the masses
Not everyone had the chance to shop the Frank Bros. store when it was open from 1938 to 1982 in Long Beach.  So the University Art Museum of Cal State Long Beach’s new exhibition gives visitors a chance to dive into what made this modern furniture and design retailer such a powerful force in Southern...
189 points by Los Angeles Times | Charles and Ray Eames Modern furniture California Museum of Modern Art Eames Lounge Chair Long Beach California Modernism Art
Colby College Museum of Art receives $100M gift
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville has received a gift of more than $100 million from two supporters. Colby officials tell The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2jF5sLz ) the gift from Peter and Paula Lunder was announced Thursday at a trustees meeting in Boston. It includes ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Waterville Maine Liberal arts college Colby College Music Liberal arts Maine Art English-language films
National Portrait Gallery opening new Bill Viola exhibit
WASHINGTON (AP) - An exhibit of works by contemporary video artist Bill Viola is opening at the National Portrait Gallery. Friday is opening day for "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait." The exhibit runs through May 7. It's the first in the history of the National Portrait Gallery that's entirely devoted ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Video art Washington D.C. Art Contemporary art
Art meets commerce in 'Goldbricks in Bloom'
Writer-director-editor Danny Sangra takes on the complicated relationship between art and commerce in the sharp, surprising “Goldbricks in Bloom.” This quasi-satirical feature, Sangra’s first, weaves together two distinct story lines, which start out amusing but descend into far more serious drama....
176 points by Los Angeles Times | Art Film American Jews American film actors In Bloom English-language films Dustin Hoffman Stylist
Artists Dufresne and Tyson reimagine the body in terrific show at Cleveland Institute of Art (photos)
An excellent exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Gallery focuses on paintings and videos by Angela Dufresne and drawings by Nicola Tyson, both of New York. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland isn't the only artistic epicenter along Euclid Avenue at Uptown in University Circle. The Cleveland Institute of Art, which completed a $75 million expansion and renovation last year, includes the Reinberger Gallery, a space that shows works by faculty and students, but does more as well. In one of its first exhibitions last fall, the gallery, managed by Curator Bruce Checefsky, staged a stark, dramatic and pungently aromatic exhibit on the black rubber sculptures of the leading American sculptor Chakaia Booker. "Living Dangerously," the show now up, focuses on recent works by mid-career artists with big reputations: New York-based painter Angela Dufresne and New York painter and draftsman Nicola Tyson. Like the Booker show, the new exhibit frames the gallery as a place that wants to forge its own perspective on global contemporary art. Dufresne and Tyson both focus on visionary depictions of the human body in ways that express volcanic psychological pressures and passions, but with a high degree of artistic refinement and control. Review What's up: "Living Dangerously: Works by Angela Dufresne and Nicola Tyson." Venue: Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art. Where: 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. When: Through Friday, Dec. 16. Admission: Free. Call 216-421-7407 or to go cia.edu/exhibitions Dufresne is represented by a trio of immense canvases that echo the vast, salon-style paintings of the 19th century, but with some pretty big twists along the way. Dufresne's combines luscious color with swooping, flamboyant, free-flowing swaths of pigment, plus quick incisive stabbing movements that pick out vivid details, most often faces, hands and genitals. The paintings are packed with painterly action and look just this side of out-of-control. They're also pretty terrific. Dufresne's pictorial narratives are open-ended and eclectic, but rooted in familiar classics. "Catch Directions and Toys," one of the big paintings, depicts a movie set in a mountain meadow that resembles an Albert Bierstadt landscape. A seated film director with a megaphone directors cast members including a woman in a miniskirt who has just caught a huge fish, and a quartet of nude hunters who look vaguely Native American. If there's a story here, it's hard to tell exactly what's going on, which is precisely the point. Dufresne's elaborate ambiguity is a way of inviting her audience to come up with its own stories. Dufresne's "The School of Gena Rowlands depicts a raucous movie night screening of a film starring the 1970s Hollywood star, at which a transgender instructor or hostess exposes herself to a crowd seated around a backyard firepit. In "A Real Allegory of My Moral and Artistic Life," Dufresne parodies the panoramic Gustave Courbet self- portrait of the same title, in which all of Paris spills into the artist's studio to pay respects to his genius. Entertaining and robustly energetic, Dufresne's paintings have a kooky, uninhibited, operatic intensity. The same spirit floods a collection of the artist's videos, in which the artist cavorts in the nude with friends in backwoods settings amid culverts, earth-moving machinery and a snowy backyard. Tyson's distorted and vividly abbreviated drawings in pencil or pen-and-ink on enormous sheets of paper seem to portray not how her subjects look, but how they feel from the inside looking out at us. Hands and feet can be huge or shrunken; faces twist into distorted masks; sexual organs are exposed, even when Tyson's protagonists are clothed. In each instance, Tyson appears to reinvent how she sees the human body. Arms turn into spindly branches, boots turn into enormous hooves, bodies morph into squirming abstractions. What unites Tyson's portfolio is her ability to make highly assertive, arresting and powerful images that command attention from many paces across the gallery while using materials that usually intimacy and the unfinished, exploratory nature of sketching. Tyson's drawings are as loose and free in some ways as Dufresne's paintings, but also highly finished. They are distorted but refined, primitive but polished. The uneasy union of extremes provides Tyson's drawings with crackling electricity similar to the currents that course through Dufresne's drawings. Students at the Cleveland Institute of Art are lucky to have ready access to the dual show by these two powerful artists. So are the rest of us.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Chris Booker Art Gena Rowlands The Booker Show Human body Gustave Courbet History of painting
Slamdance announces lineup for second Digital, Interactive and Gaming showcase
Slamdance, a film festival supporting emerging and independent talent, announced Wednesday the lineup for its Digital, Interactive and Gaming, or DIG, Showcase. The event, running Dec. 2-10, will feature eight works from budding artists using digital media including a virtual reality music sandbox,...
334 points by Los Angeles Times | Sundance Film Festival Film festival Art Slamdance Film Festival The Showcase
Lone Mountain-area utility boxes to become lively works of art through latest installation of Zap! project
In an effort to help beautify the northwest Las Vegas Valley, Clark County officials are seeking local artists to paint utility boxes.
38 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Art Las Vegas Nevada Arts Visual arts Art critic Las Vegas metropolitan area Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Nevada
Life is Beautiful’s art ranges from Cirque’s street performances to ‘Crime on Canvas’
On the streets — and on the walls. That’s the focus for Life is Beautiful’s ever-expansive, and expanding, art program, which continues throughout the downtown festival Friday through Sunday.
30 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Art Cirque du Soleil Kurt Cobain Courtney Love Frances Bean Cobain Shepard Fairey Treasure Island Hotel and Casino Franco Dragone
The Art of Garbage
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the unsalaried artist in residence for the New York Department of Sanitation, is having a retrospective at the Queens Museum.
1350 points by The New York Times | Art Land art Staten Island Fresh Kills Landfill Arts Art world Manhattan Michael Heizer
Grand Rapids' ArtPrize: It's ready, set, go for huge arts competition
ArtPrize on Wednesday began its 19-day run with a typical blend of art and technology – and lots of Detroit participation        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Art Michigan Voting Grand Rapids Michigan Arts Richard DeVos Art world Ann Arbor Michigan