Ed Fuentes "Global Warning" 2017. "#wall this" at UNLV's Grant Hall Gallery. June 5 - 8.
Another round of items so soon? I hope this August binge catches up PtD after having a summer break and before the Fall semester begins.
Art news stops for no one.
EXIT EN MASSE: The big art news of the day was the letter sent to President Donald Trump by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the subsequent resignation in protest by all 17 committee members . . . Note to the Prez: “We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” is the statement in the letter. It also called upon the President to resign. It goes on to say, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.” . . . Not So Secret Message: The first letter of the first word in each paragraph spells out R-E-S-I-S-T. The letter, in its entirety, is on Scribed, as well as other news sources, including the NYTimes + LATimes + ArtNewspaper.
ERADICATION: "[T]he history of Chicano murals getting whitewashed in Southern California for various reasons, all boiling down to the fact that Chicano artists dare paint the truth on walls," writes Gustavo Arellano in OC WEEKLY . . . El Jefe-in-Chief Arellano is responding to "¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege," the catalog published by Angel City Press for the exhibition of the same name. "[E]ven though the title makes readers think it's an El Lay story only, it's as much of an OC book," adds Arellano. . . More POV: Scholar Guisela Latoree penned an introduction for the catalog, which is posted at LA Weekly. She writes in part, "The conflicting, ambivalent and unstable nature of audience response to public art often leads to strong reactions — from enthusiastic support and veneration to disapproval and even demands for removal." The catalog and exhibition is an early installment of The Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA .
FROM THE BIG EAST-SIDE: "Any exploration of Latino art must necessarily be vast; after all, the category Latino is terrifically capacious, encompassing dozens of cultures and identities and origins and histories," writes Kirstin Valdez Quade for NYTimes Style Magazine. "Unlike Latin American art, which has historically been rigidly and reductively divided by nationality — Mexican art, Peruvian art, Cuban art — Latino art is less about a single ethnic origin than it is a shared experience. " The article, titled "The Other Side of the Wall: A New Generation of Latino Art," is an overview of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA with New York perspective standing in as an authority. . . Metaphor Meme: As you review writings on PST expect walls to be a common reference, as working canvas and border object. . . Preview: In July, ArtNewspaper lists five PST shows as "Must-See."
SHORT LIST: "Personal and Politically Charged, the Press Release for Kara Walker’s New Show Is a Work of Art All by Itself," is the headline from ArtNet. The NYTimes breaks it down further how the press release was more of a quick response to events of the week. The gallery ran it "despite its unorthodox content" . . . Meanwhile: Hyperallergic covered the memes that came after Trump referred to Confederate monuments as "Beautiful." A fun post to read, except the list has a flashback of those guerrilla sculptures of a nudie Trump created in Las Vegas . . . Lady Liberty: Recall back in 2011 how USPS, by mistake, used a photograph of New York-New York's Statue of Liberty for stamps, learned of the error, and still went ahead with another printing? The artist sued and the case is due for another hearing in court. "In September, the judge will weigh the facts to decide if the Las Vegas statue is indeed sultrier than the original," reports Artsy.
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.