The Week In Culture December 1 - December 8
Art is whatever you say it is
Yes, the art world is rife with politics, and every player is at Art Miami. But the rest of the world is still spinning, and politics is keeping it in motion as well.
The Tate Modern is taking it on the chin for allowing BP to green wash its tarnish through significant funding of its programs. An open letter to the Tate has 8,000 signatures, and was organized by Art Not Oil, Platform and the art collective, Liberate Tate.
The petition on WhiteHouse.gov requesting that Obama build a Star Wars Death Star by 2016 currently has over 6,800 signatories. Hurry. We only have until December 14 to reach the 25,000 needed to make this dream a reality.
MoMA PS1′s Klaus Biesenbach is so committed to aid for New York's flood-decimated Rockaways, he's taking it to the beach. Miami, that is, in the form of a fundraiser during Art Miami.
Anonymous sent a public cease and desist vimeo to revenge porn impresario Hunter Moore. They accuse him of beta testing a new version of Is Anyone Up? that will post physical addresses and maps to those locations. They're not having it.
Cooper Union is a fantastic school. And one of the most fantastic things about it was the fact that it has been free for the last 110 years. Last April they instituted tuition for the graduate program, and are now considering fees for undergrads. So twelve students with plenty of ramen barricaded themselves on the eighth-floor and flung a "FREE EDUCATION TO ALL" banner from the school's clock tower.
Citing Duchamp in a concise but undirected piece in Vanity Fair, James Franco refers to the 612 Warhol time capsules -- boxed ephemera pieces created by the artist between 1974 and 1987- as proof of the tenuous threshold between trash and cultural production. The observation is slightly post-factum. Everyone knows that art is whatever Andy says it is. We've known that since 1962.
And in a case of art is wherever you put it, the art dealers associated with the removal of two Bansky murals from Palestine last year to be offered for sale are looking that controversy squarely in the eye. Robin Barton and Stephen Keszler have brought the pieces to Art Miami and are displaying them in a mini exhibition, Banksy: Out of Context. The works, ostensibly, are no longer for sale.