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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

Lucian Freud

Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985 via Jaksview.wordpress.com

b. December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany

Education:
Central School of Art (briefly)
Cedric Morris’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham
Goldsmiths College – University of London

Lucian Freud is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He began drawing profusely around the age of 10. Early paintings of Lucien Freud were influenced by surrealism, featuring people in strange compositions. For the rest of his career, he would focus on portraits, most of them nudes. Style would also develop from thin, flat paint to thick, less blended strokes.

Sleeping Head, Lucian Freud, 1979-80 via IMMA

Kate Moss, Lucian Freud, 2002 via Sydney Herald

Freud’s subjects are often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters, lovers, children. To quote the artist: “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.” He has painted Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. His oeuvre also includes a controversial portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, various ex-wives, countless dogs, his assistant, and a pregnant Kate Moss.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud, 1995 via Clusterflock.org

On the canvas, Freud tends to place the most emphasis on the sitter’s face or body – not shy about depicting bold postures or expressions. He is known for attaching additional pieces of canvas after the body is finished to accomodate it. Freud is also a notoriously slow painter, which has been said to cause his subjects chagrin.

Girl With a White Dog, Lucian Freud, 1951-52 via tendreams.org

He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1989, awarded annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Freud’s retrospective at the Tate Museum in 2002 garnered much attention in the press and the general public – he is regarded as one of Britain’s most popular artists.

Now in his 80’s, Lucian Freud still dedicates himself to his chief obsession, art.

Wikipedia Entry

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