Have some notes shared with the Facebook art underground, items I tweeted, and random fine art readings.
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near the site for the award broadcast, Plastic Jesus installed another revised Oscar statuette and titled it “Back-up Plan." Later it was at on Melrose and Stanley. In part the artist's statement said: “So many women come to Hollywood chasing a dream to become an actor, dancer or singer and sadly due to the lack of opportunities, combined with the high cost of living they are faced with the reality of having to strip in bars and clubs." I Plastic Jesus
Bob Gale, screenwriter for "Back To The Future Part II, confirmed antagonist Biff Tannen was based on Donald Trump, posts AVClub. The story credits The Daily Beast for the observation, but there's been earlier speculation on The Donald was channelled. Witness this YouTube vid from James Montalbano from June 20105
ArtNews follows up on Linda Vallejo's visual commentary that "no person of color has been nominated for an Academy Award in the four acting categories. Expanding on a series she started in 2010 called “Make ’Em All Mexican." Writer Maximilíano Durón speaks to the artist, and Chon Noriega, director of the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA I ArtNews
Review Journal with recap of ArtPrize presentation to public held February 11 at the Winchester Cultural Center, who were invited by the county's Public Art Committee.
Settlers + Nomads flashes back to December 1993 for Dike Blair '49 Cent Breakfast"
Las Vegas Weekly on The Barrick Museum Art Bar.
Small Space Fest uses Emergency Arts for building-wide arts immersion. I Las Vegas Weekly
Burning Man could pull in nearly $3 million more in revenue this year, based on projected ticket sales. "Some of the money — although it is unclear how much — will go toward art," reports Las Vegas Sun.
Austin's My Statesman tours The Cosmopolitan collection.
AROUND THE WEST
Courtesy Robbie Conal
Robbie Conal has a soft side? Well, why not? "I have this technique that is pretty much tooled for adversarial portraiture. It's for negative [subjects], to paint people I don't like," said Conal. As for this piece his mood changes. "They're heroes of mine. I was really nervous making those paintings." I KCET
Simon Beck tracks Utah snow to make temporary Land Art that can only be seen from above I Sputnik
'Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education' is a mural by Houston artist John Biggers and it is in danger of not being restored due to lack of funding I Glasstire
Mesa, Arizona, adopted British uke Jerram project that converts pianos into an interactive public-art project. They title their version "Play Me, I’m Yours." I AZ Central
Keith Sonnier "Gothic Portal," 2015. Courtesy of Maccarone Gallery (LA)
Christopher Knight reviews Keith Sonnier neon wall drawings as "Elegant and deceptively simple, they display a masterful hand. Humor is part of the reason why." LATimes
On Emma Sulkowicz at Coagula Curatorial: "If the name is unfamiliar, it’s because she’s better known as 'Mattress Girl,' the Columbia University student who in 2014 began carrying a mattress on campus to protest the university’s refusal to expel the student she accused of rape." I LATimes
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In Spain, ten semi-trucks became mobile street art murals in "Truck Art Project." 100 artworks are planned, and considered a way to have rural areas along highways be part of a local art scene. I WebUrbanist
The Library of Congress acquired 96 high-profile courtroom sketches that cover four decades of trials.
Ryan Mendoza‘s “The White House” project combines appropriation and homes as found objects. I Hyperallergic
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation "has decided to adopt a new policy of making images of Rauschenberg work much more widely available free. In doing so, it is urging other artists’ estates and foundations to take a hard look at protections it believes — in the name of safeguarding works from piracy or misuse — have become too restrictive, especially in the digital era." I NY Times
Claude Monet La Pointe de la Hève, Sainte-Adresse 1864 Photo credit: The National Gallery, London
The UK launched Art UK to catalog the country's entire publicly-owned art collection online I ArtNet
Art in America long form read on what is means to be a “total service” artist.
Another round of favorite agency office murals at DIGIDAY. Zappos could have their own top ten list.
UK is excited by David Hockney scheduled retrospective at The Tate I ArtNews + The Telegraph + The Guardian
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.