I came across this news today: no more incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012. It didn't sound like the most terrible thing to outlaw, until I read this. No more Easy Bake Ovens???? Will 2012 even be worth living in???
On a more art-related note, when technology goes greener, and policies shift to eradicate incandescents, what happens to artwork that requires them? And what about simply lighting art (for viewing/photographing purposes)? I did a little research and found out that the EU Parliament has already done this! Check out this site, Save The Bulb, where artists vented their frustrations on the potential for the bulb ban. The choice of light (type of light, that is) is of incredible importance to artists (not to mention sculptures, etc. that might require incandescents bulbs for one reason or another). Here's my favorite link: "Artists see EU Light Bulb ban as an aesthetic calamity".
Noah Charney, apparently, reeaaaalllly like's Damien Hirst's shark. So much so, he calls it a "masterpiece". Masterpiece? Really?? Art historians don't take that word lightly. "Masterpiece" strikes me as a term bestowed upon great artworks by the general congregation of art historians (in agreement). It was just last week at CAA that I heard Hirst's art referred to as "Hazmat art".
Masterpiece?? Maybe not. Sharktastic?? Most definitely.
The NYTimesreported on the Met's decision to enter the digital age. It sounds like a list of good things: Wi-Fi, 'visitor engagement'--all of which Campbell says, is a "fundamental part of our responsibility to our audience."
I decided to check out the mission statement of the museum:
The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards.
I believe that Campbell might be on the right track with his idea of furthering the visitor experience. After all, the mission of the museum itself includes stimulating appreciation for and advancing knowledge of works of art. I'm sure some supplementary information and/or videos about the artwork certainly couldn't hurt...or could they?? Charlie Finch has a very different view on the Met's digital goals.
Could we have a Campbell vs. Finch on our hands?? Click the READ MORE button to find out...
It's Fashion Week, and while fashion and art make an obvious pairing, Cynthia Rowley (married to Bill Powers, Work of Art judge) had a large turnout of art world peeps at her fashion show. Artinfo's coverage (and slideshow!) here.
SHOUT OUT to Ben Evans, formerly of NurtureArt and currently of Projective City, a new online art space!
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SHOUT OUT to 29-95.com for this great article about Mary Temple's recently opened light installation at Rice University Art Gallery. The site-specific artwork, Northwest Corner, Southeast Light, will be on view through May 25, 2011.
And...read more to find out what special activities will be taking place!
Word is out, thanks to Daily Candy: What: Put those seventh grade tabletop skills to use during artist Mark Mulroney’s pint-size, pre-Super Bowl gathering. Why: Take a break from playing to admire relics of paper seasons past. (We’re impressed by the Billy Graham-inspired “Flick Thee Satan Back to Hell” record.) When: Fri., 6-9 p.m. Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., b/t Bowery & Lafayette St. (646-861-2827). Admission is free. To sign up, e-mail email@example.com.
The new Google Art Project is an amazing database of images and virtual tours (so far it only includes museums). You can zoom in, and by "zoom in ", I mean you can ZOOOOM INNNN. See the cheek of Botticelli's Venus in "Birth of Venus" above. Unfortunately, just like High Definition television, high resolution images show the not-so-pretty side....in this case, Venus' dirty cheek.