"A Czech grandmother on Ellis Island.: Art and photo by JR. Courtesy of National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument.
"Ellis" is the 14-minute film starring Robert De Niro, written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth, directed by street artist JR, that premiered at the New Yorker Film Festival in October 2015. Reviewed at Whitehot.
A lawsuit greeted Richard Prince in the new year, reports Hyperallergic. "Following the appropriation artist’s unauthorized use in 2014 of a picture of a Rastafarian smoking, its photographer, Donald Graham, is now suing Prince."
Screenshot of NYTimes.
"Robert Irwin’s Big Visions, Barely Seen" is the long form story by Randy Kennedy at the NY Times : "Turning away from painting, he became one of the best-known members of the ’60s Southern California movement known as Light and Space, whose practitioners, including James Turrell, John McCracken, Doug Wheeler and Helen Pashgian, pioneered a kind of work that turned away from objects and how they might be perceived and focused instead on the experience of perception itself." SIDE NOTE: Irwin spoke at UNLV December 10.
Ben Lerner on "the dematerialization of the art object in conceptual practice." I New Yorker
RANDOM SHOT TOO INTERESTING NOT TO SHARE: Snowy Owl in Montreal photo bombs a traffic camera January 3. It has gone viral. There is video too. I CBC
"Latin American art history is one of the biggest growth fields in art history, but that’s not the case for US Latinos. I’ve only been able to identify six full professors. Actually only one of them teaches Chicano or Latino art full time. Meaning that they are also, like me, Latin Americanists, most of them. Most of the people that teach US Latino art history, they’re incorporating American artists, meaning non-Latino in a comparative framework." Dr. Adriana Zavala interview at Hyperallergic by Seph Rodney.
Punk Me Tender
Buy this house in Gloucestershire. It comes with a Banksy I ITV News
PAINT THIS DESERT INSTA-GALLERY at INSTAGRAM
"Entre Caballos" by Antonio Gómez
For over a decade, Las Vegas photographer Antonio Gómez has captured the ritual of the modern Charrería, a tradition that links to the working vaqueros, the cattlemen of the Spanish-ruled west. (And from that came forth the American cowboy, and what is known as the modern rodeo). “More then the national sport of Mexico, it is something that evokes enormous pride in all Mexican no matter where they live,” says Gómez on his Kickstarter page for a planned book. “Charrería considers etiquette just as important as athletic agility." Gómez has curated his photography, that along with works by Mexican poet José María Limon, will be a document that uses text and image to present an intimate interpretation of a culture that shaped the West.
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.