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UK Non-Profits See Decline in Government Funding as Private Donations Increase

November 29th, 2016

tate-modern-via-art-observedA recent report on funding sources for UK Arts Organizations notes an increased reliance by non-profits on private donors, while grants and government funds are in decline.  “The funding changing landscape has big implications,” says Mahmood Reza, Owner-Manager of ProActive Resolutions.  “The cost base for most arts organisations tends to be fixed, due to salary and property based costs, so any downturn or standstill in income has a negative impact.”
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Artists Protested Last Night Outside Ivanka Trump’s New York Home

November 29th, 2016

protests-in-new-york-via-nytThe New York Times reports on last night’s artist-led protest outside the home of Ivanka Trump, as groups outside the President-Elect’s daughter’s Puck Building home held up signs imploring her to be the voice of reason in the White House.  “The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now,” said Marilyn Minter, who helped organize the event. “We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters.”
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Cuban Artist El Sexto Arrested in Havana

November 29th, 2016

el-sexto-via-miami-new-timesCuban artist El Sexto has been detained and arrested by Cuban authorities in the wake of Fidel Casto’s death, the Miami New Times reports.  “I waited outside the police unit all day, and still nobody has told me why my son was abducted,” his mother told the paper.  The artist had a reputation for outspoken stances against the Cuban government in the past, and was set to travel to Miami for a performance this week.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

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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