"The cat park is the internet"
"The cat park is the internet"
Renowned curator Francesco Bonami offers a critical review of Warhol's Race Riot series, which were based on news photos of police dogs attacking Civil Rights marchers: "The seduction of repeated images, their balanced composition, the archaic stillness of the German shepherd in the foreground, act in conjunction to erase the humiliating vision of another dog biting the back of a black demonstrator, transforming the tragic document into a sort of slapstick."
From the page: "Contemporary sculptors are tricking the eye and the mind with uncannily realistic objects"
A graphic designer, guerrilla artist, and urban planner, Candy Chang has spent the last decade instigating site-specific interventions, from chalk stencils indicating nice spots for trees to a boarded house turned into a chalkboard for New Orleanians to share dreams. In advance of her Minneapolis visit, she paused to discuss street art, listening to community voices, and reclaiming public space.
From the page: "The controversy over Gunter Grass窶s poem about Israel and Iran only confirms what Grass was saying: That it窶s impossible to criticize Israel without being lambasted."
28 years ago this month, noted graffiti artist visited Minneapolis to install a mural at the Walker Art Center. It was a few months after Apple launched the first Macintosh, and his imagery was a multi-legged creature with a desktop computer for a head.
Bachmann releases Iowa religious endorsements... Why are these churches engaging in campaigning not taxed?
A bleeped-out video by the group FCKH8.com, advocating against Minnesota's ballot measure that'd ban same-sex marriage, is drawing few supporters on either side of the issue. A religious right group is fundraising off it, while a top gay blogger says it's too much.
Church pastors who do not believe women were called by God to serve in leadership roles turned their pulpit over Sunday morning to 2012 presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty's use of footage from the 1980 men's hockey win in the Olympics in a campaign ad amounts to "a violation of our copyright and exclusive proprietary rights," according to ABC Sports which owns the video.
A piece of stencil art on a boxcar in Minneapolis leads to a story of the original photograph the work was based on, the bands Galaxie 500 and Sigur Ros, a U.S. Army symphony in Europe in the 1960s and a sleepwalking boy on a rainy Strasbourg street
Minneapolis mural bigwigs Broken Crow take a detour in their new piece behind Peace Coffee: their usual placid animals are replaced by two carnivores, cheetahs feasting on a downed zebra. Grisly yet beautiful
The Teapot Party has retracted its endorsement of pro-pot candidate Gary Johnson for president in 2012. The political party, founded by country legend and marijuana legalization advocate Willie Nelson, explained the confusion surrounding the endorsement on the party's blog.
Artist Nadia Plesner has prevailed in a copyright infringement lawsuit leveled by luxury handbag manufacturer Louis Vuitton for her use of the company's iconic bag in her painting Darfurnica (detail at right). The Hague handed down its ruling this morning, finding that "the importance of Plesner (freedom of expression through her work) outweighs the importance of Vuitton (protection of property)" (according to a Google translation of a Dutch news story).
Giuliani speechwriter, High Times staffers agree: former NM Gov. Gary Johnson over Ron Paul in 2012
Here's evidence that not only does China want to squash free speech inside its own border, it wants to silence dissent worldwide: Chinese hackers have shut down the site Change.org because it was hosting a petition calling for the freeing of artist Ai Weiwei. More than 92,000 people worldwide have signed.
"Fun with Jeff Koons: The first-person shooter game and the action figure"
A copyright infringement lawsuit by luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton against Dutch artist Nadia Plesner has taken to the streets in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Plesner was sued by the company in 2008 for selling t-shirts to benefit Darfur that bore the image of a Sudanese child holding a chihuahua and one of Vuitton's iconic bags. Earlier this year the company sued her again for using the image in a giant painting, scaled to match Picasso's Guernica and called Darfurnica. Vuitton's suit filed in The Hague lists penalties of 5,000 Euros per day for each day the image remains on her site.
Now street artist Little Louis writes in that the "starved little boy carrying a Chihuahua and a fashion bag has grown to a height of seven meters on the facade" of a building at the cultural free zone The Landbouwbelang. The image differs from Plesner's original in one key way: the Vuitton bag is left blank, so artists can use it as a canvas for their own messages.
Someone at LEGO's a fan of street art: A new ad for LEGO City in the LEGO fanzine features art by Banksy, KAWS, Futura 2000 and Shepard Fairey.
From the page: "A bipartisan slate of 30 legislators 窶" from liberal Minneapolis Rep. Phyllis Kahn to conservative Rep. Mark Buesgens of Jordan 窶" are proposing legislation to allow Minnesota farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Industrial Hemp Development Act would legalize hemp plants while maintaining strong restrictions on marijuana possession. The bill even includes the collection of fees from farmers as revenue to run the program; during time of budget deficits, it won窶t cost the state anything."