Archive for October, 2011

“The Most Dangerous Film Festival in the World”?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

“The reputation Englewood has — it’s one of … it’s the worst community in Chicago,” said Chicago filmmaker Mark Harris. “And people who aren’t from Englewood don’t want to come here because they fear for their lives, which we can all understand. Englewood is dangerous. We all know that.” Still he believes his neighbors deserved hope amid all the hopelessness and despair, so he organized the inaugural Englewood Film Festival. But when he sought support from the rest of the city, the silence he got in response made it feel “like he was trying to create ‘The Most Dangerous Film Festival in the World.’

George Nick: “It is difficult to paint. It is pain and we add the T”

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“It is difficult to paint. It is pain and we add the T,” says George Nick on the occasion of his November exhibit at Gallery NAGA in Boston.

Donations sought for “Move Me” project

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Donations sought for “Move Me,” a public art project that the Cambridge Arts Council, bkprojects and artist Roberta Paul are planning for spring 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Inspired by Paul’s travels to the Serengeti,” they write, “this multifaceted event investigates themes of immigration, national identity, and life transitions through the metaphor of animal migration.”

Why Deborah Bright quit painting

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“I had always found it very unsatisfactory because it completely avoided issues of content in the work,” says Harvard and RISD teacher Deborah Bright of switching from “high formalist” painting in the ’70s to photography. “It was all about the formal structure, how it was put together. It being the ’70s with the culmination of the social change movements and the anti-Vietnam political upheaval, I was very frustrated as a painter that we weren’t dealing with issues of the world that we live in.”

Free portraits for people who lost their keepsakes in MA tornadoes

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“It occurred to me that these people have lost everything. Their home, their belongings and this is one way that we can help them,” says Michael LeClair of Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists, which is offering free family portraits to people who lost their keepsakes during the June 1 tornadoes in Massachusetts.

Museum of Bad Art featured in National Geographic book

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“True travel is all about surprises, detours, turns taken to things least expected,” said editor Keith Bellows on the inclusion of The Museum of Bad Art in National Geographic’s book “Secret Journey of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems.” “What better than a museum that showcases not the perfect, but the real?”

“Kelly exhibit presents remarkably uninspiring art”

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Tufts Student Newspaper: Ellsworth Kelly wood sculpture show at MFA is “aesthetically pleasing but overall uninspired, uncreative and uninteresting.”

Neal Rantoul exhibit in Boston

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“I don’t believe pictures must be made from glorious subjects,” says photographer Neal Rantoul of his exhibit “30 Years” at Northeastern University in Boston. “You can make a good picture almost anywhere if your frame of mind is right.”

Portsmouth illustrator Teri Weidner is at work on a new kids book

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Portsmouth illustrator Teri Weidner is at work on a new kids book. Her strength? “My husband says I draw good hugs,” she quips.

Boston Comics Roundtable debuts Hellbound 2

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Boston Comics Roundtable debuts new anthology “Hellbound 2.” “Some of the stories are based on real life,” says cartoonist and editor Mario “Roho” Bermejo, “but with a twist.”

RI artist turns food into sports logos

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Anonymous (former?) Rhode Island artist turns food into sports logos and celebrity portraits. The resulting “foogos” look both awesome and totally vomity.

Joan Jonas given 11th annual Aurora Award

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

MIT’s Joan Jonas is given the 11th annual Aurora Award by Houston theater Aurora Picture Show. “Joan was an interdisiplinary artist before there was a term for it,” Aurora curator Mary Magsamen said at the presentation.

Statue of Liberty turns 125

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Statue of Liberty turns 125 on Oct. 28. “Once the party is over, officials plan to close the statue Saturday for up to a year in order to complete major renovations of the statue’s interior.”

Norwood, Massachusetts, native gives birth to 9 pound, 2 ounce boy Ajax as Brooklyn performance art

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Norwood, Massachusetts, native gives birth to 9 pound, 2 ounce boy Ajax as Brooklyn performance art on Oct. 25.

13-foot-mosque painting part of MFA’s Ciallebotte deal

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

One of the paintings the MFA is auctioning off to get one Caillebotte: Vasily Vereshchagin’s 16-foot-wide painting “Pearl Mosque at Delhi.”

Are Fumito Ueda’s video games “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” art?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Are Fumito Ueda’s video games “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” art?

Mo Willems’s pigeon is pissed

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

“The Pigeon just got so PO’d that I hadn’t made a book about him in five years, so there is a new Pigeon book out in the spring,” author and illustrator Mo Willems of western Massachusetts explains. “When I realized it’s time to make another Pigeon book, I figured the best way to do it is to make sure it’s not about him. So it’s about the Duckling — just to make him even angrier. It’s called ‘The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!’ with a question mark and an exclamation point. And it’s all about the injustice of the Duckling asking for a cookie and getting it, and the Pigeon being left out in the cold.”

Norwood native to give birth in gallery

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Performance artist Marni Kotak, who grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts, and now lives in Brooklyn, plans to give birth to her first child–as a live public performance–at a Brooklyn gallery any day now.”I’m developing an authentic relationship with these people,” she says. “For me, it’s like building a community of people who are really interested in this.”

What all the cool kids are wearing this Halloween

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

What all the cool kids are wearing this Halloween, according to a ‘Sports Illustrated’ writer. (Via UniversalHub)

Wendy Jacob sounds the Arctic

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

“Your ears are just one way of perceiving sound. For me, listening to the Arctic was a way to have a connection with the place,” says Cambridge artist Wendy Jacob of her Maud Morgan Prize installation at Boston’s MFA. (The report also notes that The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research’s “Greg Cook, an artist, blogger and arts critic, led a campaign to restore the prize.”)

Philip Pearlstein: “I am purely interested in the mechanics of painting”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

“I don’t want to set up a story. That’s not what I’m interested in,” New York artist Philip Pearlstein explains on the occasion of a show of his work at Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries in New Britain. “I am purely interested in the mechanics of painting. Nobody wants to believe me when I say that. They would prefer I have a psychological interpretation, something dreamlike. But I don’t.”

Arts charter school proposed in Nashua

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Arts charter school proposed in Nashua, New Hampshire. “There are so many connections between the arts and subjects like math and science,” says Rebecca Fredrickson, one of the women leading the project.

Clark Art Institute’s $145 million expansion and renovation continues

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Work continues on Clark Art Institute’s $145 million expansion and renovation, which are expected to be completed in June 2014.

Architects build lighthouse of canned goods for charity

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A team from the Oak Point Associates architectural firm built a replica of West Quoddy Head Light made from stacked canned goods in Maine’s first Canstruction competition on Oct. 22. The international contest invites architects, contractors, designers and engineers to create elaborate sculptures with canned goods, which are donated to charity afterward.

Bigfoot free speech case heads to NH Supreme Court

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

“What this suit is about for us is preserving the right of the little guy to express himself artistically,’’ said a lawyer representing New Hampshire performance artist Jonathan Doyle in his case, headed to the state’s Supreme Court, that argues for his free speech right to video Bigfoot pranks at Mount Monadnock.