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: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.