Artist Tony Fitzpatrick Runs for Mayor of Chicago
Read his facebook postings to follow the story but with Daley stepping down after 21 years the race begins and Tony Fitzpatrick has some fun points to be made. read more when someone makes a website for him?
British Artists Protest 25% Cut in Arts Spending
In hopes of bridging the substantial budget deficit Brittan faces the coalition government isÂ proposingÂ a max 25% cut in Arts spending.Â Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and David Hockney, counter that â€œradical cuts to current levels of arts funding will decimate what has been one of the U.K.â€™s chief success stories over the past 20 years, and will bring an end to the U.K.â€™s reign as a global capital for culture.â€ read more here
Ansel AdamsÂ StoryÂ Continues, With a Showdown
A new gallery showing is opening now with 20 prints â€” hand-developed and signed by Adams himself and guaranteed to be authentic by the Duncan Miller Gallery in West Los Angeles, which is putting on the show, shown side by side with prints from the embattled garage-sale find of Rick Norsigian, the Fresno resident who believes he has find of 65 negatives shot by Adams next to the more famous “Uncle Earl” Brooks, the previously unknown photographer they contend is the man who actually shot the pictures in the Norsigian find. If your a fan of Adams this would be a one day chance to make the decision for yourself. read more here
Interesting Tale of Dan Colen’s Career From Gagosian Gallery Bathroom to Solo Show
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Ireland Sparks Â ControversyÂ Over Venice Biennale Choices
Emily-Jane Kirwan, a director at the Pace Gallery in New York, has been chosen as a commissioner for the Irish Pavilion in 2011, while Corban Walker, who belongs to the same Manhattan gallery, is Irelandâ€™s official artist in Italy next year. The fight begins in 3….2…..1….. Read more here
Charles Saatchiâ€™s Gift of His Gallery & Many of His Works to BritishÂ GovernmentÂ an Offer too Good to Refuse or Trouble in the Making?
Charles Saatchi announced in July that he was in talks with theÂ governmentÂ to create a Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) for London. Turning over his Saatchi Gallery and 200 works of art worth a reported Â£25m to the British public. The offer which has been reported as a suprise to the goverment is now raising concerns about financial stability. Read more here
Danish art pranksters mock Spainâ€™s royal family
The provocative Danish artist group Surrend have placed posters around Barcelona that mock Spainâ€™s censorship laws as applied to the Spanish royal family. The posters depict several drawings that have been made unrecognisable by being painted over. A slogan at the top of each poster says: â€œThings we are not allowed to drawâ€. Next to each obliterated image is a sentence such as â€œThe Royal Family having a lunch napâ€ and â€œThe Royal Family having sexâ€. Read more here
Chicago Typefaces, Unlike Anywhere Else
The NPR picture show name dropped a blog that showcases the comercial typefaces that pepper Chicago, both new and old, and give the city some of it’s unique character. I am a bit biased but having visited/worked/lived many other places I can agree that when it comes to Architecture & public graphics Chicago is on a level of it’s own especially in the States. read more here
I wrote an article a few days ago on my sit down talk with Tony Fitzpatrick about his new series of work and the new show “This Train” that is appearing at The Steppenwolf theater. At the time I really wanted to have some video to go along with the post and now we do. Below is an exert from the performance which shows July 15 – August 1, 2010, enjoy.
There are bums. There are tramps. There are hobos. And then thereâ€™s Tony. Thatâ€™s how the description of Tony Fitzpatrickâ€™s new show â€œThis Trainâ€ goes, and after talking to him at length about it, I would agree when at first it didnâ€™t seem fitting.
Tony Fitzpatrick loves America, and not in that â€œI love the coast vs. the plains, the hills vs. the valley or certain cities over othersâ€ kind of way. No, Tony is of that rare type that from the surfers on the west coast to the bar patrons in the northeast and from the shrimp boats in the south to the factories in the north, he identifies with what makes America whole and loves it equally.
Thatâ€™s what the â€œThis Trainâ€ performance is seemingly for him; a 100 minute mix of art, music and spoken word that looks back on the working class, post civil war/early industrial influences in America (the music, the hobo alphabet, the melting pot) and how many became one without being the exact same.
With the support of the vocal skills of Kat Eggleston and his long time friend Stan Klein, â€œThis Trainâ€ looks to give its audience a sample of the music, visuals and soapbox plain direct speak that Tony loves and has sewn into his work for a long time.
The idea for the show grew in the death of Studs Terkel in 2008. Studs, a man who greatly influenced Tony, was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster who received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for â€œThe Good War.â€ A man who made his home in Chicago after being born in New York City and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans.
To hear Tony talk about â€œThis Trainâ€ feels more like a tribute to Studs and his ideals of enjoying the differences in people, finding that common humanity be they unionists, capitalists, Klansmen or even misguided members of the Tea Party movement. It reminds people not to over glorify the origins of American thought, politics or art; that we are all just immigrants; and that the Bughouse Square/Washington Park soapbox speeches in Chicago are as noble and important as the ones in the Capital building. That High Jazz music was born in the bosom of the whorehouses of New Orleans and that Art is at its best when it speaks to everyone with the purpose of sharing a story.
“This Train” runs in Chicago, July 15 â€“ August 1 at Steppenwolfâ€™s Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted St.
More can be heard from Tony in an audio interview here
Big Rock Candy Mountain
New work by Tony Fitzpatrick
315 West 36th Street New York, NY
Apr. 1 – May 16
Opening reception for the artist April 1, from 6-8PM.
“Tony Fitzpatrick’s collages are cobbled together from vintage print ephemera and handmade paper with splendor and precision; they are visual poems, reflecting on matters of place, history, and sense of being. Big Rock Candy Mountain delves deep into the transient nature of Depression-era hobos. Here, their language, ideograms, battles, and songs resound throughout Fitzpatrick’s intimate works. His voice references both the historic and current, as the culture surrounding hobo lore may now become parallel to our own. The exhibition is a culmination of the artist’s Lab Grant residency at Dieu DonnÃ©, and is on view from April 1st through May 16th, 2009.”
For more information or to see some of the work visit Dieu DonnÃ©.