Short Honeymoon: Presidential bouncers are willing to toss out those crooked paper-and-ink wasters and broadcast scum out of the White House press briefing room for being the lying scoundrels and media sharks they are. And the president, a former Reality TV star, who again denounced "dishonest media," should be considered a member of the media himself. As the New York Times noted in "Trump Embraces the Look of the Presidency" the 45th President relies on his film and TV casting instincts:
And the show goes on. The new administration begins with Right and Left leaning media digging in their heels, and in the White House Press Briefing Room we saw a battle, then an almost make-good. The early returns, no surprise, will be the bickering and pushback seen during the election and transition was just a warm-up. It's all content for commentary that will be seen in art, writings, and maybe a few signs.
ELSEWHERE Hollywood Reporter on new work by conservative street artist Sabo that seeks to tweak Hollywood Anti-Trumpers. . . LATimes and New York Times reviewed the documentary “Saving Banksy.” . . . Los Angeles makes Artsy's list of best cities for street artists. . . Obama is gone but will stay in heavy rotation on community murals. Huffington Post
Catching Up on Las Vegas.
"You stare. The mind blinks. Then it happens: that hard-to-describe transporter moment when an art object becomes a portal to another world." Dawn-Michelle Baude on Shelbi Schroeder: Swoon at Sin City Gallery I Las Vegas Weekly
"Is CAC doomed? The president of its board, Melissa Peterson, puts it succinctly: Nope. " Las Vegas Weekly
Things to know about "Tilting The Basin" I Las Vegas Weekly
Amanda Horn "Tilting the odds in favor of art" I Reno Gazette Journal
Arts Town Meeting covered by Review Journal
"10 Places to See Public Art in 2017" lists Neville Wakefield's organized “Desert X" in Palm Springs. "Ed Ruscha is on the board of directors and Hank Willis Thomas (who started the first artist-run super PAC last year) and Doug Aitken (who won last year’s Americans for the Arts “Outstanding Contributions to the Arts” award) are set to install pieces." NYTimes
In Philadelphia, a section of 12,500-square-foot "Independence Starts Here" mural collapsed and fell on parked cars I NBC10
Outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York artist Shia LaBeouf “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” will last the duration of Trump's administration It will be live streamed at www.hewillnotdivide.us.
Murals are now in progress at Emergency Arts for the Life is Beautiful Festival, Fafi images of French sass are beginning to appear on Fremont. Shepard Fairey takes over the wall one shared by a collaboration by Sush Machida and Tim Bavington along 6th Street. Knowing his preferred color scheme Fairey's piece will be framed well by Jerry Misko's black mural on the lower wall. It all makes for an artistic way to note September 22, the first day of fall.
Here are some links from the week.
"If I get this [silent] film saved I've earned my wings," said Jeffery Crouse at a Nevada State College summer screening of his documentary on “Little Mickey Grogan." The Review Journal has more on the project.
"How did you choose the title 'This Time Around'?" LV Weekly asks artist Mikayla Whitmore. "It’s kind of referencing nostalgia, in the sense that everything is always changing. Las Vegas is always building and tearing down these facades," Whitmore says. "This Time Around" will be on display 20 through October 7 at UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum I Las Vegas Weekly
'Your first look at the public art for Life is Beautiful 2016' so says the headline at the R-J.
"Can a city known more for spectacle than cultural substance ever have a major museum of its own?"
City of Las Vegas will set aside up to 1.5 acres for The Art Museum at Symphony Park I RJ
"For every woman who’s ever been asked to smile by a complete stranger, the focal point of Jennifer Henry’s Fêted exhibit might feel strikingly familiar" I Las Vegas Weekly
"And in this wonderful city we call home, there are so many galleries displaying art by our fabulous talented artists. Downtown in The Arts District there are quite a few and in several other areas also. Google your interests, and I think you will find plenty," writes Carolyn Muse Grant, founder of the Architectural & Decorative Arts Society I RJ
Art writers Jörg Colberg (Massachusetts) and Carolina Miranda (California) poked at #askacurator I Hyperallergic
The National Medal of Arts recipients are Mel Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Morgan Freeman, Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Santiago Jiménez, Jr. , Moises Kaufman, Ralph Lemon, Audra McDonald, Luis Valdez and Jack Whitten I ArtsGov
British architect Thomas Heatherwick unveiled “Vessel" Hyperallergic I NYTimes story on "Vessel" uses the headline: "A $150 Million Stairway to Nowhere on the Far West Side" I Artsy was also terse" 'New York’s $150 Million Staircase Misses the Point of Public Art'
One of Haring's lesser-known murals in New York is threatened I NPR
"A second video installation by Bill Viola has gone on display at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, featuring a modern retelling of the life of the Virgin Mary" I ArtInfo
"The heads are a perfect illustration of the dual mission Mr. Marshall has been pursuing with a kind of holy fervor for almost 40 years now: building a sturdy bridge for figurative painting from the 15th century to ours, over treacherous spans of recent history that declared both figuration and painting to be finished — and at the same time trying to rewrite history itself." That's Randy Kennedy on Kerry James Marshall, whose retrospective opened in Chicago, will soon be in New York, then land in Los Angeles I NYTImes
FOUND OBJECTS: Holland Cotter on “Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art." "Ms. Ukeles is probably most familiar for her nearly four-decade stint as official, though unsalaried, artist-in-residence with New York’s Department of Sanitation. " NYTimes I More on "Maintenance Art" at Art in America I Even more from Randy Kennedy at NYTimes.
'Public Art by Björk, JR, and Yoko Ono Comes to Moscow' I Creators Project
ABOUT TIME: "101-year-old artist Carmen Herrera is finally getting the show the art world should have given her 40 or 50 years ago: a solo exhibition at a major museum in New York." NYTimes
'MoMA Will Make Thousands of Exhibition Images Available Online' I NYTimes
Street artists, from Turkey, use anonymity to accentuate the message I Index on Censorship
'Paris Is Getting Its First Museum Dedicated to Street Art' I Conde Nast Traveler
Anyone covering murals has to note Judy Baca, who just celebrated her 70th birthday. Theater scholar Luis Alfaro shares his eloquence. In part he writes: "Judy has a hilarious sense of humor. Her enthusiasm for community empowerment is unmatched. Her support of artists and community is inspiring. I will always be grateful for the many projects she has supported me with personally, from hosting fundraisers to lending space to sharing her wisdom. "
BACK TO SCHOOL: Erin Cosgrove’s Urfathrer Adams has eyes on a UNLV history of photography class at the Marjorie Barrick Museum. It is the first week of the 2016 fall semester and the current exhibition, FIVE, closes September 10. The gallery was quickly put to use as an art laboratory. It helps to hear about the work, and it becomes a refresher how to rethink art works, said Lauren Vaccaro, a senior majoring in Art History. “It’s also good to hear how others interpret art.”
The Las Vegas artist who did the life-size, nude statues of Trump says more will be created. He owns the mold. I Las Vegas Review Journal
SAVED MURAL: In Los Angeles, Yreina Cervantez's ‘La Ofrenda’ (1990) has been restored I SPARC
TACO PARTY: Frankly, Trump's presidential campaign can easily prompted a weekly Link + Ink dedicated to all the commentary. Below are just two from the current batch responding to Marco Gutierrez, the founder of Latinos for Trump who warned that mobile food is a threat from an "imposing" culture I NYTimes
“In the days when black-and-white photography reigned, professional colorists took on the task of creating technicolor views by meticulously painting pictures by hand.” From "When Photographs Were Colored By Hand" via Hyperallergic.
It's about time. Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, has a solo show. It will be in his hometown in New Mexico, at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Sante Fe.
No beard for Bard? Shakespeare's portrait to be cleaned. May cost the playwright his facial hair, reports Daily Mail
Frieze ends its five-part series "looking back at the most significant exhibitions from the past 25 years"
Vulture sent comedian Eric André to the streets to critique New York City's public art.
Artsy offers four walking tours of New York's public art organized by neighborhood.
The NYTimes plans to kill regional art coverage.
3D is Banksy, says investigative journalist Craig Williams, who tracked a fw patterns. He makes a compelling argument that Robert “3D” Del Naja, the founding member of Massive Attack, is the elusive graffiti artist Banksy. I Daily Telegraph
Greg Gossel "I Need You!" Silkscreen ink, enamel, acrylic, and collage on canvas 65" x 57"
Arts Writer Liz Ohanesian on Corey Helford Gallery's 10th-anniversary show in Los Angeles. "It isn't a typical gallery exhibit. Think of this more like a museum exhibition, a mazelike journey through a cavernous space filled with an almost overwhelming amount of art." The show runs until September 24 I LA Weekly
Arts Council Malta is the government agency that uses street art as a teaching point, reports the NYTimes. "Most cities around the world denounce, or grudgingly tolerate, painting on public property. But on the Mediterranean island of Malta, the process is encouraged." I NYTimes
"Smartly focused and radically open-ended, the exhibition brings together a fascinating mass of data that incites — and inspires — visitors to think for themselves," writes David Pagel in "Imaginative show at the Center for Land Use Interpretation looks at how we memorialize our presidents" at the LA Times.
“Galleries find me on Instagram,” says artist Dan Lam. “They reach out to me and they ask to be a part of shows. It’s crazy. Like, you know there’s all these books out with information about how artist can make it or whatever and it doesn’t even touch on how Instagram needs to be a very crucial part of your strategy.” Art and Seek
Tony Hsieh hesitated during early negotiations for Big Rig Jig, according to a report by Kristy Totten in the Las Vegas Weekly one year ago. "Then he received this email, allegedly written by Banksy: 'I feel strongly Big Rig Jig is probably the first sculptural masterpiece of the post-industrial age and we want to exhibit it accordingly. Importance is measured in influence, and you can never be sure, but I’m confident in 20 years time Big Rig Jig will be cited by a whole new generation of artists as a touchstone in modern sculpture. It should be in every textbook of art history that covers this age and this won’t happen from photos at Burning Man alone.' "
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.