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NYT Looks at Current Art Projects Using Cryptocurrency Technologies

January 15th, 2018

Richard Prince's ready made token, via NYTThe New York Times takes a look at recent blockchain authorization technology, and fine art projects that have explored the blockchain as both a performative space and a place for authenticating ownership for work. “It’s early days, but this could happen in the blossoming art space as well. The blockchain is an entirely new medium for art,” Mack Flavelle, a developer and artist behind one project called CryptoKitties. 
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Artists, Curators and Directors Pen Open Letter Over Documenta Controversy

January 15th, 2018

Documenta, via Art NewspaperA group of art world professionals have penned an open letter over Kassel’s plans for the future of Documenta, expressing concern over the resignation of director Annette Kulenkampff.  The letter challenges the assertion that there “has been no proof whatsoever of (Kulenkampff’s) culpability” for the program’s budget deficits “which arose through a program concept for which all parties shared responsibility.”
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Tate Museum and National Galleries Scotland Break Relationships with Anthony d’Offay Over Claims of Sexual Harassment

January 15th, 2018

Art dealer Anthony d’Offay, via GuardianThe Tate and the National Galleries Scotland have suspended their relationships with dealer Anthony d’Offay over accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. “In light of these allegations, Tate and NGS have decided that it is appropriate to suspend any further contact with Mr D’Offay until these matters have been clarified,” the organizations said in a joint statement.
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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]

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