Shephard Fairey is not alone in, um - what's the word? - building on other people's work. Thomas Garvey takes in an exhibit of ICA Foster Prize winner Kelly Sherman's work at the Barbara Krakow Gallery:
... Now I admit I kind of admire Sherman's conceptual chutzpah here - Prince and Levine appropriated other people's imagery, so why not just appropriate them? There's a neat little thrill to be had in that (along with extra points for ripping off those rip-off artists during their big Met show). Of course you have to be careful, and vary things just enough to avoid legal action, like the kind Shepard Fairey visited on those with the temerity to appropriate his own, plagiarized works. I admire this line of endeavor so much, in fact that I am willing to download any of Sherman's works from the Internet for you, and print it out with my signature for $1 less than she's going for at Barbara Krakow. ...
Joel Brown reports the Roses for whom the Rose Art Museum is named are gathering at Brandeis on Monday; things could get pretty thorny for university President Yehuda Reinharz:
More than 50 members of the Rose family have come together to condemn the actions of the current Brandeis administration in closing the Edward and Bertha C. Rose Art Museum and selling the art works in its renowned collection.
Booking photo courtesy Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Art via Obamafy Yourself.
The Herald talks to Boston's top graffiti cop (yes, of course Boston has one) about his arrest of the street-art guy:
... "He's always been a big problem," Kelley said. "He'd go from city to city to do this." ...
He's also the guy who brought down the tagger known as Spek.
The other day, I left my hermit's cave and actually ventured into Kenmore Square for a lunch engagement. Andre the Giant and oversized Red Revolutionary Peasant Women stared at me from every available surface, it seemed (except, of course from the world's largest anti-gun poster and the soft green that surrounds our local field of dreams). It was quite a shock for a country boy from the sticks, where the public art consists of a) A bust of Alexander the Great and b) Gang tags on the pedestrian bridge over the Amtrak tracks.
Anyway, UnlikelyWords reports on Fairey's talk at the ICA:
... There was a lot to like. Fairey was enthusiastic and genuinely seemed to enjoy talking about his art. He didn’t come off as pretentious or idealistic, which is always a possibility with celebrities famous for their political activism. ...
Ryan Weaver also reports on Fairey's talk.
Kerry, meanwhile, reports Fairey showed up at his club to do some DJing (as DJ Diabetic):
... He was also a really nice guy, posing for photos and signing Obey propaganda. And the best part was to both of our surprise, he was repping the Proletariat. ...
Finally, Dan Kennedy explains why AP would likely lose a copyright suit against Fairey for basing his iconic Hope memey thing on one of its photos.
Jeff Hayes paints a still life and blogs as he goes.
Joel Brown reports that on Friday, ART will sell $25 tickets for early performances of its current season shows.
With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holiday season fast approaching, many people are in the market for holiday greeting cards for family and friends.
Project Bread, The Walk for Hunger is offering a wide variety of holiday cards for the 2008 season with unique images and heart-warming messages that will appeal to all. “Through the sale of holiday cards we help hungry families in need during the winter months,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “It’s a program that does a lot of good.”
Come join the Boston Firefly Project for a night of art, poetry, and activism as we raise awareness around the issue of poverty worldwide. Local artists, poets, and writers will be presenting and displaying their work on Thursday, August 14th from 7-9pm at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy on 113 Brattle Street in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop. Come meet other activists in the area and take part in the convergence of art and human rights - snacks and beverages provided!
Somerville has a well-deserved reputation for fostering and supporting the arts.
Some residents near Foss Park want to change all that. They've hoodwinked a couple of aldermen into asking the state to paint over a mural in the park, claiming that it somehow interferes with their ability to sell their houses.
If you can avoid one Shakespeare production this year, make it ART's "Julius Caesar," Zolok writes:
... Bloated, loaded up with inpenetrable symbolism, rife with robotic acting and glacially paced at a torpid three hours plus, this has to be one of the worst Shakespeare productions I've ever seen ...
Art wars are so much fun, especially when you have no idea who most of these people are but really appreciate some good high-brow vituperation.
Chris and Erin report on an interesting collaboration between two Dot. Ave. businesses to build a permanent sculpture project: Dot Art Clay Station will be installing sculpture in the window of the Dot-2-Dot Café now readying for opening at 1739 Dorchester Ave.
Today a one time opportunity for free viewing of the Symbols of Power Napoleon exhibition and all of the Museum of Fine Arts during the Martin Luther King Day open house
Wear a universalhub symbol of power... Meet other people at the museum who've read the bits of local interest at http://universalhub.com
Alecia Batson describes going on an audition at the American Repertory Theatre:
... I set my pitch pipe and music on the chair that was available, expecting to read first and sing second, which is what happened, but only after what seemed an eternity of awkward silence in which one looked me up and down, another perused my resume, and the artistic director introduced the reader to me. I felt a bit as though I was up for auction, being judged wholly on my appearance. I couldn't tell if they were waiting for me to take the reins or if I should wait for direction. One of them said, "Okay," so I inquired, "What would you like for me to start with?" One of the two selections was requested, so I performed that with the reader and then I was asked to "sing something", which I did, performing the song I'd been preparing all week. ...
If you're Robert Pettit, you call it art. Pettit, an Allston artist, is trying to add to his 1,000-phone pile for an installation:
... If you have some old phones you want to donate to my project my building is having open studios on the weekend of November 10. swing by and check out my work along with 40 other artists. The address is 119 Braintree in Allston, down the street from the Sports Depot. ...
... Admittedly, the State Street moolah will only fund the $500 million monster indirectly - but really, if it was ever appropriate to "starve the beast," this is just such a time. ...
No, not art on the T. Take a look at Leah's Subway Stories collage in ink and acrylic paint on bristol vellum paper.
Tomorrow's First Thursday in Jamaica Plain:
Each First Thursday of the month more than two dozen businesses along Centre and South Streets are transformed into galleries featuring works from local artists. Open receptions at each location, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, offer a chance to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and experience JP's fabulous businesses in an entirely new light.
Evan photographs some unusual postering going on on Amory Street, near the Sam Adams plant. He adds:
... Every time I explore JP, I fall in love with it more and more. It's quiet, very friendly to the gay and lesbian community, and full of colorful houses and triple deckers. Plus, it's conveniently located, with the 39 bus and the MBTA Orange Line serving many of the residents. ...
This essay makes a case for the city of Boston as a liquid, not a solid. The four projects presented here as case studies were completed over the last year in the Boston area. Each project makes a part of Boston leak. Let us think about what a leaky place might mean. ...
A run on caulk at Home Depot?
Mike Mennonno reviews the "Super Vision" exhibit at the new ICA:
... "Super Vision" is an excellent example of bad, bossy curating. ...
Also, it reminds him to urge all men over 50 to get a yearly rectal exam.
Evan, however, loves the new museum (and has the photos to prove it):
... The exhibits were amazing...I definitely cannot wait to go back to see the place during a less crowded time.
Joel Brown is liveblogging the ICA opening - livephotographing, too.
... I'm using ICA wireless from the new Mediatheque, which hangs down from the cantilevered roof like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, staring down at the water. ...
The Globe's Geoff Edgers provides more links, including one to his debut as a TV reporter at the ICA.
Jason Feiffer reviews the snacks at the opening.