Monday, August 21, 2017

Alice Cooper just remembered he got a Warhol Electric Chair 40 years ago as a birthday gift

ARTNET NEWS
By Eileen Kinsella, July 20, 2017
Alice Cooper received this Warhol Little Electric Chair as a birthday gift in 1974. Courtesy Alice Cooper.
School’s out for summer, and Alice Cooper’s memory went on vacation—at least when it came to his art collection. Amid a 40-year rock career, the legendary singer apparently forgot all about an Andy Warhol canvas he’s had in storage since it was given to him in 1974. When Cooper was touring during his ’70s heyday, he typically included an unusual theatrical element in his macabre shock rock act: an actual electric chair. Aware of his fondness for the sinister stage prop, Cooper’s then-girlfriend, Cindy Langa—a model who had appeared on the cover of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine—bought him the Pop artist’s red electric chair silkscreen. She paid $2,500 for it. [More]

Op-Ed: We need to move, not destroy, Confederate monuments

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Holland Cotter
Protesters in Durham, N.C., pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier last week. Credit Kate Medley/Reuters
The Charlottesville incident, and the president’s remarks, had created a consciousness-raising call to eliminate — or defend — statues associated with the Confederacy. A frenzied ideological war over visual images was underway. Basically, I take the move to isolate and banish Confederate nationalist images as a healthy one. The art critic in me welcomes the unloading, too, though for different reasons. As to where they go: museums, existing or custom-built, urban and regional. For this to happen, though, museums will have to relinquish their pretense of ideological neutrality. They will have to become truth-telling institutions. [More]

70-ft Budha statue to adorn tourist project in Ghantasala

THE HINDU
By P. Sujatha Varma
A sketch of the proposed project, that will develop Ghantasala as a major Buddhist destination.
GHANTASALA, India---To develop Ghantasala village in Krishna district as one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots in the State, decks have been cleared for construction of a ₹1.5-crore project here. “The new facility will be themed on Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha. A two-storied structure in Buddhist architecture resembling a pedestal with a 100-ft wide and 70-ft high Budha in Mahaparinirvana posture will be a major highlight,” said Executive Director of AP Tourism Development Corporation Mallikarjuna Rao. [More]

Sunday, August 20, 2017

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
D'Angelo Lovell Williams "Untitled (Portrait)" (2017) pigment print 20 x 30 inches edition of 6
In D’Angelo Lovell Williams's Untitled (Portrait), we see the artist kneeling in a river-bed with his face turned up to heaven, but is this a baptism or a moment of despair? In the days since Charlottesville and President Trump's shocking support of the white nationalist threats against Jews, Blacks, gays, and Hispanics, we read The New York Times review of a new gallery show by gay, black photographer D’Angelo Lovell Williams. This color photograph resonates with texture and spiritual emotion. In watching the figure, we are witness to faith as a spiritual shield in the face of hatred, and especially for gay African Americans. D’Angelo Lovell Williams's Untitled (Portrait) invites us into a dialogue about race, homosexuality, and faith in America.