Swedish artist Lars Vilks (most known for his political cartoon of Mohammed in 2007 that started many threats & attacks) was attacked again while giving a Lecture at Uppsala University in Sweden on art and freedom of expression. The lecture turned violent when Lars’ video segmentÂ reportedlyÂ of two nude gay men wearing masks with the prophetÂ Mohammed printed on them started.
More can be read at the Washington Post among other places but details are few and from what i can read it plays off seemingly like Vilks is courtingÂ controversyÂ at this point and a segment of theÂ MuslimÂ communityÂ is more then willing to follow him around and take advantage of theÂ opportunity? What are your thoughts? Feel free to call our number 312-772-2780 or pingback this post from your site.
The Gothamist (whichÂ reportedly recently sold for 5-6 Million) has posted the latest gag by The Trustocorp Group, aÂ anonymousÂ group that places humorous mock products, signage & messages in as many public places as possible. Â The latest is just in time for Kickball season at McCarren Park in Brooklyn where signs have been placed remindingÂ park-goers to avoid feeding the Hipsters.
Trustocorp has also done works that promote: a brand of cereal called Banko$ “Eat the Rich”, Street Signs that say “yield to peace – until then war turns profits” & various other works of aÂ similarÂ nature.
Painter and Bad @ Sports NYC correspondent, Tom Sanford will moderate a panel of 5 other painters who will talk about painting. Kamrooz Aram, Holly Coulis, David Humphrey, Dike Blair and Deborah Kass not only represent three or four generations of New York painters and are all prominent voices among their cohort, but also represent a wide variety of approaches to the medium.
These, “the Painters of Painting”, will discuss the current concerns in painting as well as painting’s enduring relevance as a humanistic and idiosyncratic antidote to the prevailing corporate culture of consensus and commodification.
Tom’s wrap up e-mail sent to all involved afterwards-
-----Original Message----- From: Tom SanfordÂ Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 7:13 AM To: Tom Sanford Subject: Thanks from PAINTERS/PAINTING Hi Guys I just wanted to send y'all a note to thank the many many of you who came out to the panel and offer my apologies to those who weren't able to get in! I am so sorry that a super turnout put apexart in the position that they had no choice but to not allow a few people in. It was totally packed inside - i actually had an audience member sitting on my lap for most of the talk. But thank you all ever so much for making the effort, i sincerely appreciate the overwhelming show of interest! The incredible turn out certainly speaks to the great enthusiasm for painting in the medium's global capitol city and I think the talk was a success. The panelists (David, Deb, Holly, Dike & Kamroos) were charming and interesting and insightful, i did my best to keep us on course, and Steven Rand and the apexart crew (Cybele, Julia & Julien) were gracious and generous hosts. Best of all the audience has plenty of great questions comments and the occasional well timed out-burst! Special thanks to for really great questions and comments from Daniel Davidson, Alfred Steiner, Michael Anderson, Carlos Fragoso, and George Rodart among others whose names I didn't know - great hustle guys! Anyway, thanks a million for all of your support and interest and remember the most important thing is to keep those brushes wet - and Michael Anderson pointed out with the optimism that we all share for painting and picture making "There are about 9 million new kinds of paintings yet to be made!!" Cheers Tom
Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn is letting artists of all stripes pay for their medical bills by trading “credits” they earn by donating their skills & time to patients in recovery. The program called “Artist Access” Â was born last year, when Dr. Edward Fishkin, Medical Director of Brooklynâ€™s Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, met Laura Colby a former dancer turnedÂ performingÂ arts agent.
The Artist Access program allows artists to provide interactive art programs for patients in exchange for health care credits. The Â credits are deposited in the artistâ€™s personal account, 40 credits for each hour of work which equates to about $40 an hour and can be used to cover sliding scale fees in Woodhullâ€™s HHC Options program. Proposals have to beÂ submittedÂ for review and accepted with priority given to those that match the needs of departments such as the Pediatric, Geriatric, or Rehabilitation Units. Â The hospital has focused initially on performance programs, but has tested teaching drawing in the Pediatric Unit in exchange for treatment. Mural projects for the many walls and stairwells in the hospital buildings are also being considered.
It isn’t a soulution for the masses and looks to be a bureaucraticÂ ousourcing of rehabilitation entertainment & inspiration program development but it’s a brave step in the right direction and a good fit for the Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Fort GreeneÂ ArtÂ scene. There is a realÂ opportunityÂ for a few groups to developÂ appropriateÂ rehabÂ coursesÂ that can be easily repeated on a weekly basis and make some considerable money towards their healthcare services.
I would not beÂ surprisedÂ that this is an independent contractor position with the hospital & am largely sure there will be tax liability for the artists butÂ definitelyÂ something to look into. If anyone has completed a project in this program we would love to hear about yourÂ experiences.