Who shall serve for a four-year term.
Because this appointment will always be great,
There’s no need for the Senate to confirm.
In appointing a poet for the public good,
And to ensure there’s no unjust omission,
The governor shall consider, if he would
Thoughts of the Humanities Commission.
Subd. 2. Removal. The poet will be free to write rhyming lines,
With removal only for cause,
But we trust that the bard will promptly resign,
If the verse reads as badly as laws.
Subd. 3. Compensation.
‘Twould be fair to provide some just recompense
As reward for the poet’s tribulations,
But because at this time we haven’t the cents
We’re afraid there is no compensation.
But we ask as the poet travels the state,
And the people their ears they lend,
That our learned Commission take the position
To provide the poor poet a stipend.
Subd. 4. Gifts and grants.
To provide the support that needs to come
To support our new laureate,
Gifts and grants received of a generous sum,
We hereby appropriate.
Sadly, the Minnesota Daily reported that if the bill goes into law, “the poem would probably be taken out of the law and go on the books in standard legalese.”
The banknotes proved too much of a temptation for the thieves
A Norwegian artwork featuring banknotes glued to a canvas has been stolen from the Oslo gallery where it was on show.
The work by artist Jan Christensen, entitled Relative Value, was made up of notes worth 100,000 kroner ($16,300, 12,400 euros).
The robbers got into the gallery by breaking a window.
They then cut each note off the canvas individually and left the 6.5-by-13ft (two-by-four-metre) frame behind.
The work had already been sold to a Norwegian buyer at face value.
“The piece was sold for nothing basically. It was just an exchange,” Mr Christensen told the BBC News website.
“I wanted to make a blunt work with the intention of creating a discussion about the value of art, and about capitalism, and how the art world works,” he said.
Mr Christensen said he did not know whether he would make a replacement.
The artist wanted to create a discussion about the value of art
“We were afraid something like this might happen,” he said.
“I didn’t want to compromise the artwork but I realised it might cause some problems.”
The thieves managed to make off with the money despite security measures being in place when they broke in late on Sunday.
Mr Christensen believes that the presence in Oslo of many high-profile guests for the King of Norway’s birthday celebrations had diverted many of the city’s police from their usual duties.
Despite the double blow of losing an artwork made up of his own money, Mr Christensen says he finds the theft “interesting”.
“It proves my theory that I have made an artwork that has a value outside the gallery space.”
“It means a lot to me that the myth can continue,” he said, referring to the fact that the notes could end up in general circulation.
He said he found it puzzling that someone might wish to risk jail for relatively small amount of money, and is unsure as to what type of person would have stolen his art.
“It could be a drug user, but at least it’s one who’s interested in art,” he said.
by Steve Hamann
Duncan and Terri talk to James Elkins about his books, criticism and more! Mike Benedetto provides an utterly hilarious movie review and public service announcement.
From Mr. Elkins’ web site: James Elkins grew up in Ithaca, New York, separated from Cornell University by a quarter-mile of woods once owned by the naturalist Laurence Palmer.
He stayed on in Ithaca long enough to get the BA degree (in English and Art History), with summer hitchhiking trips to Alaska, Mexico, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Columbia. For the last twenty years he has lived in Chicago; he got a graduate degree in painting, and then switched to Art History, got another graduate degree, and went on to the PhD in Art History, which he finished in 1989. (All from the University of Chicago.) Since then he has been teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. He also teaches in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies, and is Head of History of Art at the University College Cork, Ireland.
His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Others include scientific and non-art images, writing systems, and archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them), and some are about natural history (How to Use Your Eyes).
Current projects include a book called Success and Failure in Twentieth-Century Painting, another called Writing about the World’s Art, and several edited books: a series called “The Art Seminar,” one called “Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Art.,” and edited books on W.G. Sebald, representations of pain in art, and the university-wide study of images.
He married Margaret MacNamidhe in 1994 on Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, off the West coast of Ireland. Margaret is also an art historian, with a specialty in Delacroix. His interests include freshwater microscopy (with a Zeiss Nomarski differential interference microscope), optics (he owns an ophthalmologist’s slit-lamp microscope), stereo photography (with a Realist camera), playing piano, and winter ocean diving
Feeling consumed by your art? Contemplating selling your soul for fame? Take a breather from the back-breaking quest for immortality and join us November 14th at ThreeWalls (7pm) to talk about Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray – a tale of excess, indulgence, murder and art.
As part of their BASECAMP residency, Bad At Sports invites you to their first ever Book Club. Filled with sex, opium, and more dandies than you can shake a stick at, The Picture of Dorian Gray undertakes
a discussion of the relevance of art and the role it should play in daily life. People’s destinies are changed and characters are destroyed because a painter strays beyond aesthetics and puts too much
of himself into a painting. Another character is permanently “poisoned” by reading a book. So we must ask: Can one person’s artistic expression really alter the viewer/reader forever?
Come and join us as we share insights about art making, soul selling and, well, dandies.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is widely available. It is currently on sale at Barnes and Noble for 2.50 and available for free at Project Gutenberg
Tuesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 PM
119 North Peoria Street #2A
Chicago, IL 60607
Refreshments will be provided.