29 February, 2008

Sacred Tree Print Exchange

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Sacred Tree Exchange 2000

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Sacred Tree Exchange Exhibition
'Sacred Tree: From Myth to Interpretation’,
Veliko Turnovo Municipality Art Gallery,
International Ecofestival Veliko Turnovo 2000, Bulgaria


'Sacred Tree/Endangered Species’ Meyer Center, Geauga, Chardon, Ohio, USA
Kent State University, Geauga Campus Gallery, Burton, Ohio.
July 5th thru August, 2002


“International Printmakers’ Exhibition”,
Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
26th May - 30th September 2007


The Sacred Tree Exchange Prints Exhibition - Bulgaria 2000
Diana Draganova
National Art Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria

"The initiator of this exchange is the Australian artist Josephine Severn, and the exchange was organisied through the Print Australia website and discussion forum. The exhibition is organized with cooperation with Veliko Turnovo Ecofestival 2000 and the exchange member Arafat Al-Naim. This is the first exhibition in Bulgaria and Europe of this kind and is a premise for future projects."

Print Australia



Sacred Tree Print Exchange: "From Myth to Interpretation"

Contributed and organized by member Arafat Al-Naim
In the city of Veliko Turnovo Municipality Art Gallery, Bulgaria and as a part of The International Ecofestival Veliko Turnovo 2000 The Sacred Tree Print Exchange Exhibition will take place from the 6th to 29th of October.

The Australian artist printmaker Josephine Severn was the initiator of this idea. The exhibition will showcase the print works of 26 artists from 4 continents that shared with each other different myths and interpretations of this theme. The exhibited works explore the richness of printmaking in different countries. This exhibition comes to emphasize print exchanging forms and to expand traditional means of creativity, exchanging experience, information, and art works between printmaking artists from different parts of the world.

Diana Draganova, art critic, historian and expert of contemporary art from the National Art Gallery Sofia, is going to introduce the exhibition. Draganova said that transmitting myths from one culture to another and artists meeting in this exhibition is a kind of dialogue and varied personal interpretation in spite of differences. A catalogue including the exhibited print works is going to be printed and sent to cultural institutions around the world.

Baren Suji Issue 3 October 2000

Exhibition Announcement
"Sacred Trees" and "Endangered Species".

Gayle Wohlken is organizing a print exhibition that opens in July. Prints will be on display from both the Baren "Endangered Species" exchange and from PrintAustralia's (PA) "Sacred Trees" exchange.

Sacred Trees and Endangered Species"
July 5th thru August, 2002
Donald W. Meyer Center
Geauga Park District's Big Creek Park
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024

Baren Suji Issue 8 May 2002


Sacred Trees and Endangered Species Exhibit
by Gayle Wohlken

A couple Octobers ago two of my woodcuts (one each from exchanges I participated in through Print Australia and Barenforum) won first prize in a local juried art show, and one of those prints stirred the interest of opening night attendee, Robert McCullough, park commissioner for the Geauga County Park District in northeast Ohio. In talking to me about Vilja, my print from the PA Sacred Trees exchange, he discovered that through my memberships in both forums I was in possession of whole collections of themed prints and he wondered if I would be interested in showing my Sacred Trees collection at the Meyer's Center Gallery at Big Creek Park in Charon, Ohio.

Baren Suji Issue 9 October 2002

28 February, 2008

Dedalo - May 2007

“International Printmakers’ Exhibition”,
Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
26th May - 30th September 2007

"a printmaking exhibition which will open next May in conjunction with the opening of "Dedalo", a new contemporary art center set in the Abruzzi mountains."

Website {italian}

Images - Opening

list of participants

Print Australia Folios Included
2000 Sacred Tree
2001 What is a Print
2002 Dreams
2003 Metal Plate


Projects -part 1: Print Australia Exchanges

Archive Folio - Ausex 2000 Exchange

Print Exchange Projects - Print Australia

Print Australia

Print Australia Exchange Listing

2005 Non-Toxic
2004, Nature, Nature Morte
2003* Metal plate, Open 2003
2002* Digital, Dreams
2001* Illustration, Ausex 2001, Open 1, What is a Print?
2000* Where I live, Letterforms, Ausex 2000, Sacred Tree

Miniature Prints
2002* Miniprint #1 Solstice
2003 Miniprint #2 SSNW03
2004 Miniprint #3 SSNW04

Australian Print Collection
November 2003

The Print Australia Archive print collection was gifted to the Australian Print Collection at Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery in November 2003. The gift comprised folios from the period 2000-2003, approximately 250 prints in 12 folios*. The gallery has subsequently exhibited the prints as "the Australian Print Exchange".

"Recent Acquisitions: photographs and prints"
10 January - 6 February 2006
Recent donated works from the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery collection: prints from the Australian Print Exchange...

"International Print Exchange Boosts Regional Collection"
by Brendan Dahl
Imprint Volume 41, Number 1
Print Council of Australia

27 February, 2008

IF I CAN’T DANCE - part 2

Part two - 2007



Symposium - de balie
October 28, 2007 - October 28, 2007
Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice

Exhibition -
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice
October 28, 2007 - January 06, 2008


Video Speakers Corner
MuHKA hack – Video Speakers Corner
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
December 6, 2007
A projection of a three hours lasting compilation of contributions (photographs, video, films, memories, thoughts, slogans, reproductions,...).


For information

I attended the symposium at the de balie and participated in the Video Speakers corner exhibition at the
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp.

I submitted a series of photographs from the Amsterdam 'red light district' series.

IF I CAN’T DANCE - part 1

Part One 2006

I atttended the first symposium at the de balie and the two shows at the de appel and the stedlijk museum, then the second symposium at club11.


Exhibition - de appel
Archive de Appel
November 16, 2006 - January 14, 2007 http://printaustralia.blogspot.com/2006/11/if-i-cant-dance.html

Exhibition - Stedelijk
Insert in ’Just in Time’
Stedelijk Museum CS December 1, 2006 - March 11, 2007

Symposium I: ‘Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice’
De Balie November 18, 2006


Symposium II: ‘Curating and Feminism Today’
Stedelijk Museum CS at Club 11
December 7, 2006


Gender Studies - Feminism, Women's art

The Aviary
red light district
women - blakkbyrd
Women in the Arts http://www.acay.com.au/%7Esevern/women.htm

Australian Women artists
destiny deacon
Vivienne Binns - Tasmania
lesley duxbury
Margaret Preston Exhibition
Grace Cossington Smith
Rosalie Gascoigne
bea maddock
Tracey Moffatt @ Roslyn Oxley9
Marrianne Collinson Campbell
Australian Women's Art Register
Australian Aboriginal Women Painters - Podcast
gins_leap / dubb_speak - Moree
Shay Docking
Australian women's art
Australian Women Modernists

Australian Women's Art at the National Library
Aboriginal Women Painters - washington

Women Artists
Women's Art Work on the Net
Bellebyrd feature artists
Bridget Riley
Chicks on Speed
Monique Horstmann
Tracy Emin The Dinner Party
Kruger & Holzer get political
Camille Claudel
joan snyder
helen frankenthaler
louise bourgeois
kiki smith
Rosemarie Fiore
Lorna Simpson
Renee Cox
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Maggie Hadleigh-West
Jessica Delfino
Sanja Ivekovic
Marlene Dumas

Gender Battle - Exhibition Spain
gender identity
The Guerrilla Girls at MoMA
Germain Greer and Tracy Emin on Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo photographed by Nick Murray
Kahlo & De Kooning at the kunsthal Rotterdam
Feminist Actions - Spacement
Tracey Emin - Venice Biennale
45 years of Art and Feminism -spain

The Body
art, feminism and the body
Eccentric Bodies

Female graffiti writers
Janis Joplin
Lucy Lippard - interview
Swoon - Interview
Linda Nochlin Lecture

Feminist Art - ARTnews
First Wave Feminists

Theory - Internet
gender in Second Life
wikipedia wars

Women's Series - lectures
women's studies links
reverse discrimination at the TATE?
Masculinities Reflected
feminism and pop culture
Lucy R. Lippard
Feminist Forum (2007)
advertising's image of women
Susan Sontag in the Digital Age
Global Gender Gap Report 2006
contemporary seventies activism
on Greer
Elaine de Kooning, Portraiture, and the Politics of Sexuality

Theory Feminist Art
women in contemporary art
Female Artists and Femininist Issues
feminism and feminist art
The Feminist Art Project
The {American} Feminist Art Project
Art & the Feminist Project
women in the visual arts

Man Made Language
non-sexist guidelines
Dale Spender - Interview

Film - Theory
More Graff Gran
Fellini - gallery of orgasms
Women In Art
Women Directors Cut
Feminist anti-porn protest
Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video

Film - parody
Porno Scenarios
sex object
Chenille and Janelle
The Goodies - gender ed

If I Cant Dance
If I Can’t Dance Nov 2006
Symposium II: ‘Curating and Feminism Today" dec 2006’
If I Can’t Dance - Episode III - Utrecht May 2007
Symposium of Feminist Contemporary Art Practice Nov 2007
If I Can't Dance - Antwerp
If I can’t dance - Antwerp Dec 2007

God Rest We Weary Working Moms
Helen Reddy 'I Am Woman'

Eliza Younghusband
The Women of K2
A History of International Women's Day
Janet Snodgrass
Rose de Freycinet
dead white males

Art Review | 'Wack!'
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

The Feminist Future: MoMA
Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
The Feminist Future - videos

The GreenGallery Guide

The GreenGallery Guide is a joint initiative of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Designed to be simple and easy to use, the guide assists gallery owners and managers to identify simple changes to make in galleries that will save energy and water, reduce waste, and help artists and clients to live a more sustainable healthy life.

The guide contains top tips for greening a gallery, including such simple measures as remembering to turn off computers and appliances and installing low-energy lighting.

The GreenGallery Guide was launched on the 7 February 2008 and can now be downloaded from the Australian Commercial Galleries Associations website.

Further information: www.acga.com.au.

The world's most important Print Rooms

The world's most important Print Rooms are officially represented in the International Advisory Committee of Keepers of Public Collections of Graphic Arts (in short "The 50 Lux Club"), founded in 1970. The museums attending the 2004 meeting in Budapest are marked with an asterisk in the following list of most important museums with substantial collections of graphic art.

Please note that this page is regularly updated.

The following sites are as far as possible hyperlinked
to the pages of their departments of Prints and Drawings

Delineavit et Sculpsit the internet site for Dutch & Flemish
Old Master prints and drawings


Old Master Prints Links

Selected on-line collections of images of Old Master Prints

(links underlined - they open as new windows) Also see our BOOKS PAGE








Modern Australian Women

Artlink » Vol 21 no 1 » Modern Australian Women: paintings & prints 1925-1945 and In Context: Australian Women Modernists

Curator: Jane Hylton
Art Gallery of South Australia
24 November 2000 - 25 February 2001

Curator: Paula Furby
Flinders University Art Museum
8 December 2000 - 17 February 2001

"I was more than a little surprised by the exhibition Modern Australian Women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, not because the work on show is in any way unusual but, on the contrary, because it all seems so familiar. An appealing and accessible show, it necessarily includes works by some of the more well known women artists such as the harbour bridge paintings by Grace Cossington Smith and Grace Crowley, Margaret Preston's colourful and bold prints, still-life and flower paintings, and Thea Proctor's The Rose - works that surely, by now, have become Australian icons."

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Advice on Art

"This series of articles is designed to teach artists the skills they need to manage their own careers. Artists are encouraged to return to this site frequently to obtain information and advice on business aspects of their career and to help see themselves as emerging professionals."


26 February, 2008

Let it Rain Umbrella Roadshow 2007

Let it Rain: The Umbrella Road Show
6th October 2007


The "Let it Rain" Umbrella roadshow 2007 is an initiative of the XStreets Collective, an artists' collaboration from Amsterdam and Basel. The curator is IvesOne from Amsterdam. The show is supported by the Blakkbyrd Blog.

An international selection of graffiti artists have created artworks using Umbrellas as canvas. The works were paraded throughout the streets of Amsterdam from the historic Waag in the Nieuwemarkt to the factory refurbished arts centre at the Westergasfabriek, on the 6th October 2007.

In November 2007 the Foamlab, a new arts group associated with the FOAM Museum, invited the show to participate in the Museumnight activities. Museumnight is an annual city wide festival where all the museums are open with nighttime activities and concerts.

Currently the Umbrellas are on exhibition at the Studioshop, in Amsterdam's centrum.

The Umbrella show will be repeated in 2008 with exhibitions planned for both Amsterdam and Basel.




the concept
the call - dutch
the call - english
the route - dutch



Flyer Photoshoot
blakkbyrd.blogspot.com/2007/09/let-it-rain_21.html ivesone.blogspot.com/2007/08/photoshoot-for-flyer-of-let-...




Parade 6th October 2007

Route: From the Waag to the Westergasfabriek


The Umbrella Roadshow has been invited to show at FOAM for Museum Night 3rd November 2007.
This is an iniative of FOAM_lab.

Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)20 551 6500


blakkbyrd.blogspot.com/2007/11/umbrella-roadshow-at-foam-... xstreets.blogspot.com/2007/11/let-it-rain-foam-met-museum... xstreets.blogspot.com/2007/10/umbrellart-museumn8-amsterd... vesone.blogspot.com/2007/11/let-it-rain-foam.html


February 2008

The umbrellART show in THE STUDIOSHOP in Amsterdam.

Sint Nicolaasstraat 38 1012 NK
+31 (0)20-4272353

ivesone.blogspot.com/2008/02/umbrellart-studioshop-amster... xstreets.blogspot.com/2007/11/umbrellart.html


25 February, 2008

Rietveld Academy 2004 - posters

80 of 500 handdrawn typographic posters by LETMAN (Job Wouters) are shown in a 3 minute filmclip by Roel Wouters. The posters promote the students final works at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.


Drawing - Zurich

Drawing Now – Drawing Then is the title of an exhibition where Galerie Arndt & Partner Zürich places contemporary positions in drawing alongside those of the old masters. The exhibition takes the premise that drawing is an essential instrument for the internalization of reality and provides basic training in developing an attentive eye. It does not intend to examine the “young masters” in the light of their forbears – either in terms of style or stature – but to inquire into the significance and possibilities of drawing today.

This dialogue with the old masters shows what a changeable practice drawing is, and how its capacity for narrative has developed. Without slavish adherence to methodology, but with a reliable eye for quality, this exhibition presents some very differing artists and therefore some very varied aspects of drawing – drawing as note-taking, as an inventory of the world or as a personal or public commentary.

For contemporary artists drawing has no limits – the drawing is the finished product, an independent work of art, and its narrative space can even break physical boundaries in real space.

The old masters, by contrast, concentrated on observing nature and figures. Their aim was to give physical form to a visual idea, and the drawing was seen as an intermediate stage in the development of the completed work, as a draft or sketch. If the old masters attempted to capture in lines what is, the young masters are also searching for what is not.

But drawing, now as then, is an immediate, sensual and emotional process – for both artist and viewer. A drawing aims to visualize something substantial. Drawing is an intimate act that demonstrates the creative hand or spirit in its raw state. A drawing puts us “onto the scent” of an idea and takes us to its entirety; ideally this idea also engages the senses or the visual sensibility of the viewer. And here the old and young masters meet, and conventional categorization approaches become insignificant. For today as then, a “master drawing” reveals a creative hand guided by an effortless profundity.

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Contemporary Art in Switzerland

What's On


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5th berlin biennial for contemporary art

5th berlin biennial for contemporary art
05.04 - 15.06.2008

When things cast no shadow


When things cast no shadow, the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic, brings together artists from different generations and nationalities in an exhibition by day and night that aims to trace the diversity of art practices today.

Eschewing a singular theme, form, or temporality, and determined instead by a critical engagement with artists’ processes, When things cast no shadow could be said to take the form of an open structure in five movements without a plot.

The day part of the 5th berlin biennial will be on view at four distinct venues and include mostly newly commissioned works by 50 artists, while the night part of the show will feature still more artists and cultural producers in 63 nightly events taking place in locations spread across the once-divided city.

The exhibition spaces of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, founded in 1991 in Berlin-Mitte will hold, among other projects, films by Babette Mangolte, Michel Auder, and Patricia Esquivias as well as an intervention by Ahmet Ögüt that comments on state power and its means of control. The attic will be turned into a studio/installation activated by Tris Vonna-Michell’s storytelling.

The iconic glass hall of Mies van der Rohe’s ultra-modernist Neue Nationalgalerie in former West Berlin has inspired various responses from artists. Among them, a film installation by Susanne M. Winterling explores the water condensation that flaws van der Rohe’s masterpiece, while Gabriel Kuri builds up a participatory sculpture that reorganizes one of the building’s regular service operations. Cyprien Gaillard brings an unpretentious public sculpture from a housing project in Paris to the terrace of the museum where it is displayed next to the masterpieces of Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

The outdoor exhibition site of the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, in the area formerly adjoining the Berlin Wall, presents, among other works, a new community-based project by Katerina Sedá, who goes over the fences that separate neighbors in her home village of Lisen in the Czech Republic. Lars Laumann screens a film about a woman who married the Berlin Wall, while Ania Molska installs a sculpture used as a prop in her new film.

The first of five alternating, artist-curated solo shows at the Schinkel Pavillon will feature works of Paris-based Swiss-born designer Janette Laverrière, presented by Nairy Baghramian. It will open on March 20, 2008, preceding the official opening of the 5th berlin biennial on April 5 and upsetting the demand for a single, spectacular biennial beginning.

The night part of the biennial, entitled Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (My nights are more beautiful than your days), comprises 63 nocturnal acts involving artists and other thinkers and takes place throughout the city. Neuro-scientist Olaf Blanke demonstrates an out-of-body experiment, at the encouragement of artist Melvin Moti. The curatorial collective WHW holds a lecture on Modernism in the former Yugoslavia, and Augusto Boal, founder of the Theater of the Oppressed and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize candidate, runs a workshop according to his context-sensitive teaching method. Cameron Jamie screens his recent film JO at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz with a live score by Japanese noise artist Keiji Haino, and more, night after night.

A comprehensive publication has been conceived as an interpretative tool in parallel with the 5th berlin biennial. It includes a visual and textual anthology of source material submitted by participating artists.

The visitors guided tours program Secret Service offers diverse formats of made-to-measure exhibition tours that enable the visitors to investigate the biennial from different angles. Further information and booking at http://www.berlinbiennale.de

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin-Mitte

Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum
Kommandantenstraße / Neue Grünstraße
10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Schinkel Pavillon
Oberwallstraße 1
10117 Berlin-Mitte

Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours
Every night except Mondays at various places in Berlin.
Detailed program available soon at http://www.berlinbiennale.de

Curators: Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic

Director: Gabriele Horn


KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
D-10117 Berlin-Mitte

Public transport facilities
S-Oranienburger Straße
U-Oranienburger Tor

Venues KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin-Mitte
U6 Oranienburger Tor
S1 / S2 / S25 Oranienburger Straße
S5 / S7 / S9 Hackescher Markt

Neue Nationalgalerie
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten
U2 Potsdamer Platz
S1 / S2 / S 25 Potsdamer Platz

Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum
Kommandantenstraße / Neue Grünstraße
10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U2 Spittelmarkt

Schinkel Pavillon
Oberwallstraße 1
10117 Berlin-Mitte
U6 Französische Straße
U2 Hausvogteiplatz

Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours
in various places all over Berlin


23 February, 2008

Christoph Büchel & Mass MoCA

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“Training Ground for Democracy” was to be assembled at the museum’s expense, with its staff members seeking out and installing items on a long list in collaboration with Mr. Büchel. His outsize list included a two-story Cape Cod cottage, a leaflet-bomb carousel, an old bar from a tavern, a vintage movie theater and various banged-up rolling stock (a trailer, a mobile home, a bus, a truck). Nine full-size shipping containers were requested. There was even to be a re-creation of Saddam Hussein’s spider hole. But things did not go smoothly. By the end of January, and well past the scheduled Dec. 16 opening date, Mr. Büchel had departed for good and begun accusing the museum of interference, unprofessionalism and wasting his time.

The museum said it had tried mightily to gather everything on Mr. Büchel’s wish list but balked at acquiring a burnt-out fuselage of a 737 airliner. It pointed out that it had spent more than double the show’s $160,000 budget; Mr. Büchel countered that an amount had never been agreed upon.

Now the components of “Training for Democracy” loom as if in a desolate ghost town, surreally camouflaged by plastic tarps in Building 5. Mass MoCA says it shrouded the elements pending a court decision that it hopes will allow it to display the installation.

Mr. Thompson, director of Mass MoCA, said the museum had “clearly bent over backwards” for Mr. Büchel. Yet by opening the show, covered, last spring against Mr. Büchel’s wishes and now seeking a court’s go-ahead to remove the tarps, the museum renders all of that moot. If an artist who conceived a work says that it is unfinished and should not be exhibited, it isn’t — and shouldn’t be. End of story.

(His lawyer cites a federal law that says as much, the Visual Artist Rights Act. But Mass MoCA argues that the law applies only to finished works of art.)

It’s hard for a museum to recover when it forfeits the high ground. To this day the Corcoran Gallery of Art remains infamous for canceling its 1989 exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs after his work was denounced by Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina.

Although there may be parts of the installation proper that Mr. Büchel considers finished, what is visible above and below the tarps today is barely the skeleton of a Büchel. It’s just a lot of stuff.

You are reminded of Hollywood, where directors (that is, artists) are routinely denied “final cut.” Of course, Renaissance popes often had final cut too. But I prefer to invoke the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg, who, when asked to contribute to a show of portraits of the Paris dealer Iris Clert in 1961, sent a telegram that read, “This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say so.

In the end it doesn’t matter how many people toil on a work of art, or how much money is spent on it. The artist’s freedom includes the right to say, “This is not a work of art unless I say so.

Boston Globe

The public never saw artist Christoph Büchel's giant installation at Mass MoCA. Now, as the museum takes it apart, documents filed in a bitter lawsuit offer a behind-the-scenes look at just what went wrong.

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Last month US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor ruled Mass MoCA could open the unfinished installation to the public. Instead museum director Joseph C. Thompson (no relation to Nato) decided to dismantle it. The yearlong battle had worn down his staff, and a Jenny Holzer exhibit was due to open in the space soon. Mass MoCA, Joe Thompson said, wanted to move on.

But the fallout from this fiasco continues, even as the art world digests its lessons. Büchel has appealed the court ruling. Michele Maccarone, the New York gallery director who represents Büchel in the United States, said she will tell collectors not to support the museum and will steer her stable of artists, including Christian Jankowski and Carol Bove, away from the institution. Mass MoCA is planning a symposium this fall on the now notorious disaster.

And thanks to thousands of pages of documents filed in court, the dispute could serve as the ultimate how-not-to guide in the complicated world of installation art. Internal e-mails, letters, and planning documents reviewed by the Globe reveal, in the starkest terms, the depth of animosity between the artist and the museum. The communications also detail Mass MoCA's missteps along the way and the museum's repeated attempts to salvage the show, even as curators inside leveled criticism at the difficult artist.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art


Training Ground for Democracy

Exhibition cancelled
Building 5

For additional information on this cancelled exhibition http://blog.massmoca.org/ visit our blog

MASS MoCA has cancelled the presentation of Training Ground for Democracy, a large-scale installation planned with Swiss artist Christoph Büchel. While MASS MoCA has provided double the original budget, increased the available time for installation by a factor of three, and made available to the artist significant additional funding to return and complete the work, the artist has so far not returned to North Adams to finish the work.


(North Adams, Mass. – Tuesday, May 22, 2007) MASS MoCA announced today that it has cancelled the presentation of Training Ground for Democracy, a large-scale installation planned with Swiss artist Christoph Büchel. Although Training Ground for Democracy has not been completed, the cancellation enables MASS MoCA to present Made at MASS MoCA, a documentary project exploring the issues raised in the course of complex collaborative projects between artists and institutions. The new exhibition will open on Saturday, May 26, 2007.

22 February, 2008

Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi (Romanian, b. 1961), who lives and works in Bucharest, has transformed the medium of drawing, using it to create an object, a performance, and an installation. In the last decade, Perjovschi has made his drawings spontaneously in museum spaces, allowing global and local affairs to inform the final result.





Projects 85: Dan Perjovschi
May 2–August 27, 2007

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

View the online exhibition

Download interview between Curator Roxana Marcoci and Dan Perjovschi (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

Download newspaper created by Dan Perjovschi for the exhibition (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

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In its gallery space in Berlin, Galerija Gregor Podnar presents new works by Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi. Dan Perjovschi mixes drawing, cartoon and graffiti that comment on current political, social or cultural issues. Over the past decade he created works drawn directly on the walls of museums and art spaces, most recently in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Dan Perjovschi (born 1961 in Sibiu, Romania) lives and works in Bucharest.
Opening reception, September 1, 2008.


from eurotopics

Romania - Dilema veche
How an artist can halt a demolition

With the renovation of the National Theatre Bucharest, its National Dance Centre is to be razed. This prompted a protest action by Romanian caricaturist Dan Perjovschi.

Daria Ghiu comments: "Within one month, Perjovschi painted three large walls in the Dance Theatre. Now, anyone who wanted to tear down the building has a problem. Perjvoschi's drawings have turned these walls into valuable works of art. What to do? ... Paint the walls, covering up the art? Would the destruction of these paintings cause a scandal? With his provocative action, the artist appeals to the conscience and sense of civic responsibility, giving a playful answer to the cynicism and indifference with which the dance theatre is being evicted. In addition, his caricatures juggle political symbols and cultural stereotypes, and are extremely political and critical." (22/02/2008)

» full article (external link, Romanian)


20 February, 2008

Palm Valley

In 1834 an English newspaper (Leeds Mercury) reported that a secret English expedition had set off from the north coast of Australia heading southward towards Central Australia in 1832. It said that explorers found there a small colony descended from Dutchmen shipwrecked on Australia’s west coast in the early eighteenth century.

Badly as he spoke Dutch, yet I gathered from him a few particulars of a most extraordinary nature; namely, that he belonged to a small community, all as white as himself, he said about three hundred; that they lived in houses enclosed all together within a great wall to defend them from black men; that their fathers came there about one hundred and seventy years ago, as they said, from a distant land across the great sea; and that their ship broke, and eighty men and ten of their sisters (female passengers?) with many things were saved on shore."


18 February, 2008

Writing About Art

...explains the different approaches college students encounter in undergraduate art history classes. Each chapter outlines the characteristics of one type of visual or historical analysis, and briefly explains its history and development. Exemplary passages by well-known art historians provide examples of each method. Appendices give general advice about writing papers, doing research, and citing sources correctly.

Marjorie Munsterberg
The City College of New York

14 February, 2008

Game On- Melbourne

Thursday 6 March 2008 - Sunday 13 July 2008
Full $15 Concession $10
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $44
Australian Centre for the Moving Image



Get ready for Melbourne's must-see exhibition of 2008 - the action-packed celebration of games culture that has thrilled over one million players of all ages around the world. Game On tracks the development of videogames from the first computer game to arcade-era hits and the very latest from today's billion dollar industry.

Original illustrations by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and concept sketches behind classics like Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto provide unique insight into the creative process of game development. Rarely-seen consoles, controllers, arcade machines, packaging and collectables are brought together in a showcase of game history like no other.

Take a tour through the exhibition themes...

Exhibition organised and toured by Barbican Art Gallery which is owned and funded by the City of London Corporation.