Art Work Newspaper Looks at Economy’s Impact on Cultural Production

January 7, 2010 · Print This Article

The rise of the “free economy” that Chris Anderson lauded in his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price (read Cory Doctorow’s astute review of the book’s arguments in the Guardian here) takes on an entirely different, and far less celebratory, meaning when applied to the work of artists, critics, curators, arts administrators and other low-paid (or no-paid) culture workers today. A newly launched newspaper called Art Work is attempting to lay bare hard truths about the flailing economy’s impact on cultural production. Finally, people are starting to talk about money, explicitly and on personal terms. Or at least, they’re trying to. Read more




Oversize Art, How Does It Fit In A Undersize Economy?

September 24, 2009 · Print This Article

Kelly Crow with the Wall Street Journal kicks off the new Weekly full color arts coverage in WSJ magazine with “Out Size Art” an article that explores the influence that the recession has on consumers desire to invest in large-scale art installation pieces. As buyers scale back, large pieces are the first to go asking are they more of a headache then a dramatic statement.

Ernesto Neto’s “Mother Body Emotional Densities, for Alive Temple Time Baby Son” (2007)

Ernesto Neto’s “Mother Body Emotional Densities, for Alive Temple Time Baby Son” (2007)




Art Institute Lays off 22 Employees, or 3% of Staff

June 19, 2009 · Print This Article

Further on Christopher’s post from this morning, here’s more info on the Art Institute layoffs, from the Chicago Tribune:

“The Art Institute of Chicago has laid off 22 employees, or 3 percent of its staff, as part of a larger series of cost-cutting measures.

Spokeswoman Erin Hogan said Friday that the cuts were made across the board and take effect immediately. Employees were notified Thursday.

“Of course we did everything we could to not go to this point,” Hogan said. “All departments have for months been reducing their operating budgets.”

Hogan added that new Modern Wing, which opened last month, “has been incredibly successful and it’s in part due to the success of the building that the cuts were not deeper.”

In a statement issued Friday, the Art Institute said its other cost-cutting measures include a voluntary 10 percent pay cut for the director, a weeklong unpaid furlough for employees and a salary freeze. Public research hours at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries will also be reduced, the statement said.”




Fridays Links Roundup

June 19, 2009 · Print This Article

On this weeks roundup we check out the conservation of contemporary art, AFC’s recap of Venice and Basel, and most importantly cats getting stoned via boing boing. Hope everyone has a great weekend and maybe well see you at galleries tonight.




Breaking News: Art Institute Layoffs

June 18, 2009 · Print This Article

pinkslipWe just heard that The Art Institute of Chicago has laid of a good many of it’s employees today and there will be a town-hall tomorrow where other cost saving measures will be announced.

To those who lost their jobs today, be sure to thank Alderman Burke…..

Office: 773-471-1414
eburke@cityofchicago.org

On behalf of everyone at Bad at Sports we know very well what this is like and hope everyone lands on their feet as quickly as this economy will allow.