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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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Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci image via The Brooklyn Rail

b. 1940
Lives and works in:

Brooklyn, New York

Represented by:

Acconci Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Education includes:

College of the Holy Cross BA, Worcester, MA

University of Iowa MFA, Iowa City

Acconci, a New York born and based artist, began his career in the mid-60s as a poet and co-editor (with poet and author Bernadette Mayer) of the journal 0 to 9. The journal published works by important contemporaneous artists and writers such as Robert Barry, Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Yvonne Rainer, and Robert Smithson.By the late 60s Acconci drifted from writing and, influenced by the readings he participated in, started exploring performance-based work, video, film, and photography. Much of this work was highly conceptual and focused on the artist’s body within space (Following, an early piece, consisted of the artist being led around New York City by strangers). Another prominent feature of this work was the element of total physicality as pronounced through his engagement with his own body, which at times was quite grotesque and bordered on violent. Perhaps his most notorious piece, Seedbed (1971), consisted of Acconci lying under a wooden ramp in Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating, while his concurrent fantasies were being broadcast through speakers in the gallery. This piece, which employed performance, language, and a direct relationship between the viewer and the artist, would establish the vein in which Acconci worked for years to come.
crash by vito acconci

Crash by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

By the 1980s, Acconci explored more proto-architectural constructions, moving out of the traditional gallery space into more open, dialogical, public space. In 1988 he formed Acconci Studio, an architecture and landscaping firm, with a group of other architects. Acconci Studio, based in Brooklyn, continues to design public buildings.

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

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