Cultural Vandalism | The Barnes Foundation

December 31 2010 . 08:16pm

 

 

An un-missable look at one of the art worlds most fascinating controversies and a celebrated selection of the Toronto, New York and AFI Film Festivals, Don Argotts gripping documentary THE ART OF THE STEAL chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes formed a remarkable educational institution around his priceless collection of art, located just five miles outside of Philadelphia. Now, more than 50 years after Barnes death, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court for control of the art, and intend to bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of Barnes former students and his will, which contains strict instructions stating the Foundation should always be an educational institution, and that the paintings may never be removed. Will they succeed, or will a mans will be broken and one of Americas greatest cultural monuments be destroyed?

Watch this documentary! Find out more at: barnesfriends.org / savethebarnes.org

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Nothing To Say Group Show at Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco

December 30 2010 . 09:20pm

Curated Group Show
January 08, 2011 — February 05, 2011

Featured Artists:

CK Wilde
Ala Ebtekar
Alex Lukas
Alexis Mckenzie
Ben Venom
Brett Cook
Brian Cooper
Caleb Neelon
Claire Colette
Eric Yahnker
Erin Riley
Frohawk Two-Feathers
Glen Baldridge
Jim Houser
Jon Bocksel
Jud Bergeron
Kelsey Brookes
Larry Mullins
Mark Mulroney
Mark Wagner
Matt Leines
Mike Davis
Patrick Martinez
Paul Brainard
Richard Colman
Rogelio Martinez
Tim Diet
Wes Lang
Yuri Psinakis

more info: guerrerogallery.com

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The Good, The Bad, And The Cheesy recap photos

December 30 2010 . 09:12pm

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Polaroid Hotel by Patrick Hoelck | Kickstarter

December 28 2010 . 10:02pm

 

About this project

In a world full of instant there have been unfortunate casualties; Polaroid instant film was on the verge of discontinuation. A marvel of its time the simplicity was its pull. Press, flash, picture. Simple. Then the wait, the anticipation to see what you captured was a thrill that’s been lost with modern technology. It’s not just the nostalgia that makes Polaroids alluring. It’s the unpredictability. You never knew if you’d end up with a masterpiece or a disaster but it didn’t matter, it was yours.

I decided to pay tribute to the art of Polaroid photography with a book of images and an exhibition that capture intimate moments of my career through the years. I wanted to show that just because a certain technology has aged it doesn’t have to lose its appeal.

Here is an excerpt from the book’s foreword by Gisela Getty:

Hoelck’s images seem at first to be random, thrown together, an accidental assemblage, but they 
provide a narrative of our cultural landscape, a series on contemporary urban life. The expressions in most portraits are introspective and skeptical, the girls seem to undress for no-one, the ketchup bottle is broken, a monochromatic image postulates CHANGE, juxtapositions of empty industrial places and self-referential youth, vulnerable, naked, Vincent Gallo frozen as a silver- star, a girl stripping down her nylon-slip, a dial on a wall, a kiss radiating a golden light streak, Hoelck’s images are always modern and now.

Find out more at: portfolio.patrickhoelck.com / kickstarter.com

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Keegan Gibbs – OPEN SPACE at Known Gallery | 01.15.2011

December 28 2010 . 07:36pm

KNOWN GALLERY and RVCA present the first solo photo exhibition by
KEEGAN GIBBS | OPEN SPACE
installations with SAGE VAUGHN and BRENDAN LYNCH

Opening: JANUARY 15th, 8-11PM
Runs: JANUARY 15th – FEBRUARY 5th, 2011

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
310-860-6263

OPEN SPACE

"The ocean is and always has been the epicenter of my existence on this planet. I am an aquanaut on a thruster in this ever amazing and boundless liquid energy. I have optimized and streamlined my life to ensure maximum time gliding across water. Every choice and relationship, all decisions and waking thoughts (and most dreams) are influenced and infused by the pull of the tides, the whiff of an offshore breeze, and the lucid corduroy lines gracefully stampeding towards the coast.

I go to the sea to surf, to bond with friends or to be alone, to let out aggression or to find inner peace. The moving ocean is my solid ground. The moment one stands up on a board, propelled by a wave racing across the sea, one is only aware of the present – nothing else. I have never found any other way to achieve that absolutely pure and meditative mindstate.

Open Space is my expression of the state one falls into while floating weightless off shore, looking out to sea, hoping and waiting for the next set. Troubles are isolated far away on the unreality of land, while you are free in the truest reality of water. It is a timeless unspoilable state that cannot be ruined, not even by the angry local that may be slashing your tires and waxing your windows simply because he doesn’t want to share some waves. To a surfer it’s an understandable act of necessary evil to keep an ungoverned subculture in form, and from it breaking into full bore beach-blanket-bingo havoc.

Open Space is a collection of images, collages, and installations that evoke the balance in my life."

-Keegan Gibbs


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