Robert E. Lee monument Emancipation Park with handmade sign reads "Heather Heyer Park." Photo: Andrea Lepage
Paint This Desert invites Andrea Lepage, associate professor of art history, to share her thoughts that come from witnessing the climate and mood of her region. With her scholarship in Chicanx Art, social practice, and art in public space, all while teaching below the Mason-Dixon Line, Lepage has intimate insight to recent events. While there will be much debate about the role of civic art as public art, it can be agreed that sculpture in public space around the U.S. will be watched and read more closely.
Ed Fuentes "Global Warning" 2017. "#wall this" at UNLV's Grant Hall Gallery. June 5 - 8.
Another round of items so soon? I hope this August binge catches up PtD after having a summer break and before the Fall semester begins.
Art news stops for no one.
EXIT EN MASSE: The big art news of the day was the letter sent to President Donald Trump by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the subsequent resignation in protest by all 17 committee members . . . Note to the Prez: “We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” is the statement in the letter. It also called upon the President to resign. It goes on to say, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.” . . . Not So Secret Message: The first letter of the first word in each paragraph spells out R-E-S-I-S-T. The letter, in its entirety, is on Scribed, as well as other news sources, including the NYTimes + LATimes + ArtNewspaper.
ERADICATION: "[T]he history of Chicano murals getting whitewashed in Southern California for various reasons, all boiling down to the fact that Chicano artists dare paint the truth on walls," writes Gustavo Arellano in OC WEEKLY . . . El Jefe-in-Chief Arellano is responding to "¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege," the catalog published by Angel City Press for the exhibition of the same name. "[E]ven though the title makes readers think it's an El Lay story only, it's as much of an OC book," adds Arellano. . . More POV: Scholar Guisela Latoree penned an introduction for the catalog, which is posted at LA Weekly. She writes in part, "The conflicting, ambivalent and unstable nature of audience response to public art often leads to strong reactions — from enthusiastic support and veneration to disapproval and even demands for removal." The catalog and exhibition is an early installment of The Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA .
FROM THE BIG EAST-SIDE: "Any exploration of Latino art must necessarily be vast; after all, the category Latino is terrifically capacious, encompassing dozens of cultures and identities and origins and histories," writes Kirstin Valdez Quade for NYTimes Style Magazine. "Unlike Latin American art, which has historically been rigidly and reductively divided by nationality — Mexican art, Peruvian art, Cuban art — Latino art is less about a single ethnic origin than it is a shared experience. " The article, titled "The Other Side of the Wall: A New Generation of Latino Art," is an overview of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA with New York perspective standing in as an authority. . . Metaphor Meme: As you review writings on PST expect walls to be a common reference, as working canvas and border object. . . Preview: In July, ArtNewspaper lists five PST shows as "Must-See."
SHORT LIST: "Personal and Politically Charged, the Press Release for Kara Walker’s New Show Is a Work of Art All by Itself," is the headline from ArtNet. The NYTimes breaks it down further how the press release was more of a quick response to events of the week. The gallery ran it "despite its unorthodox content" . . . Meanwhile: Hyperallergic covered the memes that came after Trump referred to Confederate monuments as "Beautiful." A fun post to read, except the list has a flashback of those guerrilla sculptures of a nudie Trump created in Las Vegas . . . Lady Liberty: Recall back in 2011 how USPS, by mistake, used a photograph of New York-New York's Statue of Liberty for stamps, learned of the error, and still went ahead with another printing? The artist sued and the case is due for another hearing in court. "In September, the judge will weigh the facts to decide if the Las Vegas statue is indeed sultrier than the original," reports Artsy.
Claudio Giron Mariachi Skull at Winchester Center in 2016. Photo: PTD
BRING OUT YOUR PROSE: Words are wanted for the 2017 Life in Death Festival at Winchester Cultural Center. “We always wanted to renew the written word to the festival,” says Irma Munoz, the cultural specialist who was the first to bring Dia de los Muertos to Clark County, Nevada. Poets and writers are invited to send 10 to 40 verses as rhymed or free verse in English, Spanish, or both. Entrants are also encouraged to use sarcasm, satire, or topical subjects in their submissions. “Now satire is an important part of the tradition,” says Munoz. “It’s a funny way of seeing life.” For more information email iiw(at)clarkcountynv.gov.
DREAM MACHINE: Wayne Littlejohn was recently interviewed by KNPR about his public art piece. "Does the piece have anything to do with UFOs?" He replies: "I don’t think I could do something in Vegas without somehow referencing that type of stuff. There’s references to all sorts of things. I incorporate a lot of the area. So, from flight and experimental technology to aliens and the desert – it’s all in there."
TOMORROW: "Workshop w/ Ginger Bruner: Camera Phone Photography" on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PR release says: "Ginger Bruner will lead a creative workshop to coincide with her exhibition UNNATURAL LANDSCAPES. Attendees will be encouraged to create and document a small still life utilizing materials provided. Exploring the vast techniques of using camera phones and how to improve the final product. (Participants must bring their own cell phone, cameras will not be provided for this demo)" Winchester Cultural Center. Free and open to the public. Facebook
ALSO SATURDAY: August 19, the animated and engaging D.K. Sole, who you know as the artist and writer at the Barrick, will be speaking on the topic of GENIUS for Creative Mornings. RSVPs are requested. Coffee will be served.
PIRATE: The UNLV College of Fine Arts welcomes art critic Dave Hickey back to the campus to deliver two lectures: one on art (September 25, 2017, 7pm) and the other on writing (October 2, 2017, 7pm) at the Barrick Museum of Art.
ANOTHER 'ALSO': Speakers for UNLV's Fall Artist Lecture series were announced in July.
SPEAKING OF UNLV: Tim Bavington, UNLV faculty art-star, will have his first solo exhibition with David Richard Gallery will consist of his paintings from 2002 through 2017. "Bavington’s artworks are spectacular color-based abstractions rooted in color theory and visual perception, while being inspired by Rock and Roll music," wrote ArtDaily.
LAW RETURNS: "The year that changed everything for Burning Man was 1996. A man died. Several folks were injured. There were guns and cars driving at high speeds. Some call it the best year, some the worst, in Burning Man's history. And, afterward, John Law left. Since leaving, Law, considered Burning Man's rogue founder, has been openly critical of Burning Man in the media, " writes RGJ. Tonight, Law will give his first public talk about Burning Man since he left. It will be live on Facebook via the Reno Gazette-Journal's page. Video posted later to the Reno Gazette-Journal's website.
HEADS OF STATE: Mark Salinas, Carson City’s Director of Arts and Culture, has been appointed to the board of the Nevada Arts Council by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
ENDING WITH A RANDOM PIC: Snapshot on the wall of Bootlegger Bistro. Date of photo unknown.
iPhone photo of photo: PTD.
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum
Serigraph Print on Rives BFK, 18"x12"
Edition of 50