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Omer Fast Sees Avid Protests Over Installation in Chinatown

October 21st, 2017

Chinatown Art Brigade Outside James Cohan, via GuardianArtist Omer Fast is facing a backlash over his current installation at James Cohan in Chinatown, which replicates a shuttered Chinese business. “Chinatown is a 150-year-old thriving community that people built on their own,” says protest organizer Betty Yu. “When an artist equates our culture as garbage, it’s really insulting to the community.”
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Bloomberg Profiles Growing Market for Young Women Artists

October 21st, 2017

NADA ART FAIR MIAMI BEACH 2010_RACHEL UFFNER GALLERYAn article in Bloomberg this week profiles the young women artists seeing their stars rapidly on the rise in the current market, and the increased demand for women artists that has many wondering if a sea change is underway in the market. “Maybe this is the time of the women,” says galleries Rachel Uffner. “They are really good artists. They’ve been working for a while. And they keep making better and better works.”
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Carolee Schneeman Reflects on Early Work in Harper’s

October 21st, 2017

Carolee Schneeman, via ArtforumCarolee Schneemann is featured in Harpers this week, as the artist prepares to open a retrospective exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York, and reflects on her early life dealing with sexism while training as a writer and artist. “Only an ideal physical body could manage to subvert the traditional expectations of pleasing the male gaze,” she writes. “If our bodies didn’t look appealing we couldn’t have gotten subversive messages through them. We would’ve been laughed away or dismissed as feeble pornographers.”
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Chris Burden

Chris Burden at his studio in Topaga, CA image via wirednewyork.com

Chris Burden at his studio in Topanga, CA

[image via wirednewyork.com]

Chris Burden (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946) is an American artist. He studied for his B.A. in visual arts, physics and architecture at Pomona College and received his MFA at the University of California, Irvine from 1969 to 1971. Burden’s reputation as a performance artist started to grow in the early 1970s after he made a series of controversial performances in which the idea of personal danger as artistic expression was central. His most well-known act from that time is perhaps the performance piece Shoot that was made in F Space in Santa Ana, California in 1971, in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant from a distance of about five meters.

Medusa's Head, 1990. Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks- image via nialldebuitlear.com

Medusa’s Head, 1990.

Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks

[image via nialldebuitlear.com]

Video of Burden’s Shoot and other performance art

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974 image via jalopnik.com

Chris Burden, Shoot image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Chris Burden, Shoo- 1971

[image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

Burden was taken to a psychiatrist after this piece. Many interpretations have been made regarding this piece. Many saw it as a statement about both the war in Vietnam and the American right to bear arms. Other performances from the 1970s were Five Day Locker Piece (1971), Deadman (1972), B.C. Mexico (1973), Fire Roll (1973), TV Hijack (1972), Doomed (1975) and Honest Labor (1979).

[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008- electro-polished stainless steel

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008-

electro-polished stainless steel.  [image via www.artdaily.com]

More info about the artist coming soon.

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