Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DAY #2 BRIEFING - WED-10/1 - "Walking on the Water" by Makoto Fujimura


Day #2 at ArtPrize 2014 was perfect. We began by taking the dogie out for breakfast at Big Boys, and then we took a walk through the historic area north east of downtown where we visited several historic churches. By that point, the pooch was ready for his daytime nap which we aided with a tranquilizer and he slept all day. From then on, we took off into the city with some of our high points being a sculpture by Quincy Owens and a painting by Makoto Fujimura. In total, I voted for 15 pieces today.  I'll post photos (and a list) below of the day, but there was nothing about this day that I'd have changed.

ArtPrize Jurors Show Their Respect for Grand Rapids With Shortlist

By Joseph Becherer
ArtPrize entry "Intersections" at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on the opening day of ArtPrize on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The entry is on the installation juror's shortlist. (Chris Clark |
MICHIGAN---My ArtPrize reflections this year began by commending the organization for its decision to equally divide the generous award monies between the public and jurors' winners. From the vantage point of someone who lives in Grand Rapids, but whose professional responsibilities take him out into the global art world, it is an extraordinary reverse phenomenon to witness admirable representatives of that global art world visit Grand Rapids. More than asking, “Will they like us?” — it really is a question of, “Will they respect us and what we are trying to do.” [link]

ARTPRIZE 2014 Shortlist - View Here

Anger Over Barbie Doll Cast as Hindu Goddess

By Narayan Lakshman
A photograph of the ostensible “Kali-Barbie” on the artists’ website
shows it in a box with symbol of Om and "Jai Kali Ma" in Hindi printed on it.
ARGENTINA---If Argentine artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini suspected that their artworks in an exhibition series called “Barbie - The Plastic Religion,” would stoke controversy among religious communities worldwide, this week it would appear that they have overwhelmingly been proved right. In their exhibition in Buenos Aires, which is set to open on October 11, the artists will present a variety of avatars of the famous, shapely children’s doll, Barbie, and her male companion Ken, including one in the form of the Hindu goddess Kali holding up a severed head. [link]

L.A.-based Getty Conservation Institute Steps in to Preserve China's Mogao Grottoes

By Julie Makinen
The Getty Conservation Institute's 25-year partnership with Dunhuang Academy is
the institution's longest-running project. (Neville Agnew / The J. Paul Getty Trust)
CHINA---Hewn by hand out of a cliff face in the Gobi Desert starting about 1,700 years ago, China's most spectacular cache of Buddhist caves has endured countless assaults over the centuries. Yet thanks to some far-sighted planning by Chinese experts at the Dunhuang Academy, the researchers charged with preserving the caves, and their longtime partners at the L.A.-based Getty Conservation Institute (which has been working at Mogao since the late 1980s), the site's treasures are getting a fresh shot at survival — and even greater international exposure. A $50-million visitor center opened. [link]

Bank of America Merril Lynch to Fund Restoration of Altarpiece by the Master of Flémalle

Master of Flemalle (Robert Campin), The Thief to the Left of Christ. Ca. 1430. 134,2 x 92,5 cm.
On oak wood. Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Photo:© U. Edelmann - Städel Museum - ARTOTHEK.
GERMANY---Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced that the Städel Museum will receive funding to restore The Bad Thief on the Cross / Saint John the Baptist an altarpiece from circa 1430 by the Master of Flémalle (Robert Campin), through the company’s 2014 global Art Conservation Project. Since the programme’s inception in 2010, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided grants to museums in 27 countries supporting 72 conservation projects. [link]

Wangechi Mutu Transforms Galleries With Magnetic Artworks and Installations

Wangechi Mutu, Yo Mama, 2003. Ink, mica flakes, pressure-sensitive synthetic polymer sheeting, cut-and-pasted printed paper, painted paper, and synthetic polymer paint on paper; overall: 59 1/8 x 85 inches (150.2 x 215.9 cm). 
ILLINOIS---Full-scale figurative collages, gigantic felted trees and an immersive environment will transform Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art this fall when it presents “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.” Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the exhibition is the first U.S. survey for Wangechi Mutu, a contemporary African artist and sculptor who has achieved great global acclaim for her works in a diverse range of artistic media. The comprehensive exhibition featuring her thought-provoking and rich imagery opens Sept. 19 and runs through Dec. 7 at the Block Museum, the show’s sole Midwest region venue. [link]

Ohio Craft Museum: “Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out”

By Jackie Mantey
Boris Bally’s "Loaded Menorah," in which handguns and their
barrels are welded together to form the iconic symbol of Judaism. 
OHIO---The first thing you hear when you walk into the exhibit “Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out” at the Ohio Craft Museum is a muffled voice from a film playing in the corner. She was the teenager shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in 2012 because she was advocating educational rights for Pakistani girls. The multimedia exhibit comprises works by artists nationwide and addresses violence that spans generations and international borders. The exhibit is powerful, stark and ultimately sad. [link]