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Post #1361 • June 5, 2009, 8:39 AM • 1 Comment

"A Moscow museum director and a prominent curator seeking to protest Russia's renewed censorship could face up to five years in prison in a criminal case that international human rights groups say targets freedom of expression in Russia. They are charged with inciting hatred and offending human dignity." (via)

"Now an artist and a bit of a provocateur living on the outskirts of Beijing, Mr. Chen [Guang] said he spent the next 20 years suppressing memories of that day. But last year he began working on a series of paintings based on hundreds of photographs, taken at his unit's request while he was on the square. They include gauzy images of protesters commandeering a public bus, exuberant students parading with pro-democracy banners and soldiers feeding their abandoned encampments into bonfires."

Quimby the Mouse. (via)

"His interest in gorilla grimaces, like his interest in displays of dissected flesh, is professional. Mr. Deak, 32, is one of the world's leading paleoartists. If you find yourself face to face in a museum with Homo habilis, Australopithecus afarensis or Paranthropus boisei, you may be looking at his work."

MassMoCA turns ten. Geoff Edgers writes about how it nearly didn't, many times over. (via)

Caroll Michels, who I've been in touch with recently regarding the new edition of her book, in a 38-minute interview.

"We're so retarded that we think this is art."

Department of Skills: Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan. Sometimes I miss hair metal.




June 10, 2009, 9:38 PM

Read the MassMoCA thing: somehow I don't think it comes down to money in the end. (I am a child of the 60s.) It seems to have been their decision to play where it does take money (Sol LeWitt, for instance). The French cave painters, against seemingly impossible odds, are the ones we look at today with awe. They were not involved with money, to any extent, anyway.

Perhaps I am naive.



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