In the downtown Las Vegas Arts District, this wall with bold pinks stepped away from the usual abstract typography of graffiti.
C. Moon Reed on Tokyo-born printmaker Yoshiko Shimano's exhibition "Engraving on Land" at CSN's Fine Arts Gallery. "Through a variety of printing methods—woodcut, silkscreen, stencil, monoprint, linoleum cut—an abstract portrait of a place and people emerge from the layers of prints" I Las Vegas Weekly
Opening today, March 30 in, Washington DC, is Renwick Gallery's exhibition that includes six Burning Man sculptures "a stone’s throw from the White House" I Hyperallergic
NEXT DAY ADD "The Smithsonian’s Burning Man Art Show Is Actually Quite Good"I Bloomberg
Sarah O’Connell, Las Vegas-based theater director and publisher of culture site eatmoreartvegas, is featured in this report on "brave delegation of art-loving Nevadans" who traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in Arts Advocacy Day I Las Vegas Weekly
More coverage of the trip and outcome at Review Journal.
If you missed it, Trump signed spending bill that increases NEA funding. Also: "Earlier this month, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA released a report that found that the arts contribute $763.6 billion to the US economy, which is more than the agriculture, transportation, or warehousing industries. It also stated that the cultural sector employs $4.9 million workers across the country who earn more than $370 billion" I ArtForum.
Curated Instagrams of the local arts community.
Roger Gastman, the graffiti historian who helped assemble that MOCA's Art in the Streets, returns to to L.A. for a new show that takes over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor displays in Chinatown. Beyond the Streets looks at global street art movements by over 100 artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Jenny Holzer, Martha Cooper, Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Ben Jones, CHAZ Bojórquez, and Gajin Fujita I LAMagazine + LATimes
'Photographers Harry Gamboa Jr. and Luis Garza on pushing back against 'bad hombre' Chicano stereotypes" I LATimes
"The Chicano Art of a Red-Blooded American Sangre Colorado, an exhibition by Carlos Frésquez, reminds viewers that 'American' is an abstract and malleable concept" I Hyperallergic
In a topic PtD had covered before, "social media isn't just changing the way we interact with each other; it's driving the culture, especially in cities full of tourists eager to beef up their photo feeds with dispatches from elsewhere. At the same time, it is redefining the nature and intent of public art" I The Globe
Ancient statue of a winged bull destroyed by ISIS recreated by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. It is the "latest public art installation to sit on a sculpture platform here known as the Fourth Plinth, on Trafalgar Square" I NYTimes + ArtNet
There was buzz about Justine Ludwig's move from Dallas Contemporary to New York art nonprofit Creative Time. In an interview with ArtNet News, Ludwig spoke with ArtNet on the importance of public art. She said: "Public art is an integral part of New York City’s urban landscape. It’s a city that lives and breathes art, and public art is central to that—greatly expanding the art-going audience by enabling greater accessibility. A major issue facing cultural institutions right now is the sense so many people have of not belonging: the feeling that they don’t have access or that these institutions are not tailored to them. Central to public art is the idea that art should be part of the everyday, of everyone’s life. It’s a very different way of presenting art. Everyone has access and everyone belongs, because it’s a part of the urban fabric itself."
Banksy recently invaded New York with politically outspoken works I Art Newspaper
Artist Haifa Subay used street art to mark the third anniversary of full-scale war in Yemen I
The best public art opening in New York this Spring I Observer
Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo: Cville dog, via Wikimedia Commons)
"At the center of the chaos is a statue memorializing Robert E. Lee. It depicts the Confederacy’s top general, larger than life, astride a horse, both green with oxidation."
NYTimes August 13, 2017
If public art in Charlottesville Virginia is the "center of the chaos," as the New York Times says, the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, is a new tipping point. CNN reports
"The campaign to relocate Charlottesville’s Lee statue is part of a nationwide movement to critically examine and recontextualize public artworks that pay tribute to or otherwise elevate white supremacy, chief among them monuments to the Confederacy."
Hyperallergic August 13, 2017
"After Charlottesville, it should be clear now to everyone that the urgency to rid ourselves of these markers of America’s racist past comes not from some childish desire to block out painful history, but to challenge a racist present. White nationalism is not just a cultural legacy. It is an ongoing public safety crisis, and should be treated as such."
Jamil Smith LATimes Op-Ed I August 14, 2017
"The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, IV, the general’s great-great-great-great-nephew, has for years struggled with the legacy attached to the name he bears. And on Saturday, he followed along in horror when images surfaced online of a white nationalist rally defending a statue of his ancestor in Charlottesville, Va.
As white nationalists clashed with counterprotestors, and the mayhem turned deadly, Lee said he was heartbroken.
'It broke my heart to see a symbol of my family being used to allow such hate,' Lee told HuffPost. 'All in the name of what my relative stood for.' "
HuffPo August 14, 2017
"While the debate about how we memorialize figures from our past continues, we the descendants of Robert E. Lee decry in the strongest terms the misuse of his memory by those advancing a message of intolerance and hate. We urge the nation’s leaders as well as local citizens to engage in a civil, respectful and non-hateful conversation."
Signed: Robert E. Lee V, Great-great-grandson of General Robert E. Lee;
and Tracy Lee Crittenberger, Great-great-granddaughter of General Robert E. Lee.
Full Statement at Newsweek.
"No telling of General Lee’s story, however complicated, can be separated from the symbolism of the leading role he played in a grievous chapter of American history. That part — and the decisions by Charlottesville’s city council, New Orleans’s mayor and Lexington, Kentucky’s mayor to move forward with removing Confederate statues from places of honor in public spaces — isn’t complicated. The general was as cruel a slave owner as any other and fought to preserve and defend a society based on the brutal enslavement of black people that, had it persisted until today, would have included me. His cause wasn’t righteous, then or now. He’s my ancestor, and as far as I’m concerned, his statues can’t come down soon enough."
Karen Finney for the Washington Post August 15, 2017
"As members of this community, we are deeply saddened and sickened by the events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Our deepest condolences to the grieving families of Heather Heyer; Virginia State Trooper Berke Bates; and Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen. To those still recovering from their injuries in area hospitals, may you quickly & fully recover. We hope that each of us can reflect upon and pray for a return to civility."
Save the Robert E. Lee Statue (Facebook) August 15, 2017
"Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is in the national spotlight after calling for a review of all public art.
His request for the review comes as some call for Confederate statues to come down around Louisville in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va."
WHAS11 August 15, 2017
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.
Above: "Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth" at The Neon Museum's Ne10studio.