Author: Bill Davenport

Posts

Accused Picasso Vandal Speaks: KPRC Interviews Uriel Landeros in Monterrey, Mexico

Intrepid local TV news reporters tracked Uriel Landeros to Monterrey, where he is hiding out from charges of felony graffiti and criminal mischief in Houston after allegedly spray painting  over Picasso’s Woman in Red Armchair at the Menil Collection. In a brief interview with KPRC TV’s Nefertiti Jacquez, Landeros claims association with the Occupy movement, […]

Accused Picasso Vandal Speaks: KPRC Interviews Uriel Landeros in Monterrey, Mexico

Met Sued by Members Hoping to Overturn the Free Museum’s $25 Admission Fee*

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is being sued by two of its members who claim that the  museum intentionally makes it difficult to understand that the $25 admission charge is merely a suggestion, not a requirement. The City originally granted the Met its prime location in Central Park on the condition that […]

Met Sued by Members Hoping to Overturn the Free Museum’s $25 Admission Fee*

Urban Art: It’s Not Always Crime Anymore (In Canada)

In Toronto, a panel of five city staffers with backgrounds in “the arts, urban design, architecture and other relevant disciplines” has been officially set up to decide on issues of the preservation of street art. The panel decides whether a given piece of street art is of sufficient artistic merit to exempt the owner of […]

Urban Art: It’s Not Always Crime Anymore (In Canada)

Gagosian Lawsuit Turns Over Art Market Rock: Mega-Dealer Admits Double-Dealing is Frequent

The New York Times reports that in a recent lawsuit mega-dealer Larry Gagosian revealed that he frequently represented both the seller and buyer in multimillion dollar art deals without disclosing his double-agent status to either party. The dispute arose over the sale of a Roy Lichtenstein painting: collector Jan Cowles claims that Gagosian sold the […]

Gagosian Lawsuit Turns Over Art Market Rock: Mega-Dealer Admits Double-Dealing is Frequent

Arts People is Good People, Says New NEA-Funded Study- Or At Least They Were in 2002

A new study, Impact of the Arts on Individual Contributions to U.S Civil Society, by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests a link between engagement in the arts and community involvement, altruism, and tolerance. The study analyzed data collected way back in 2002 from 2765 people in the General Social Survey (GSS), […]

Arts People is Good People, Says New NEA-Funded Study- Or At Least They Were in 2002

Art is What You Can Get Away With: MOCAtv Launches on YouTube

Glam director Jeffrey Deitch has added powerhouse entertainment agent Ari Emanuel to the MOCA board, and the results have been immediate: Emanuel reportedly negotiated a partner deal between MOCA and YouTube that launched MOCAtv, a channel featuring offbeat artist videos. Google, YouTube’s owner is fronting the production costs for the videos against future advertising royalties. […]

Art is What You Can Get Away With: MOCAtv Launches on YouTube

A funny thing happened on the way to everywhere . . .

Where’s Waldo? Photography’s long-sought after decisive moment is happening more and more online, as meta-photographers aim their sensitivities at vast databases of machine-collected imagery from Google and other sources. In The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, a review of Jon Rafman’s recent exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, Marco Bohr equates the recognition of significant […]

A funny thing happened on the way to everywhere . . .

New York Enacts New Art Gallery Anti-Sleaze Law

  Michael Miller reports in Gallerist NY that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that makes it a misdemeanor for an art dealer to use funds owed to an artist from the sale of an artwork to pay for gallery operating expenses and creditors. The NY State Senate passed the bill in June, and […]

New York Enacts New Art Gallery Anti-Sleaze Law

Elderly Beast Jesus Artist Sues Church for Share of Tourist Dollars

Cecilia Gimenez, the woman whose botched restoration of a small fresco in Spain produced the “Beast Jesus” internet phenomenon, is suing the Sanctuario de Misericordia in Borja for a share in the profits that flocking tourists have brought to the once obscure church, which began charging a 4 euro admission fee. Her lawyers say that […]

Elderly Beast Jesus Artist Sues Church for Share of Tourist Dollars

Tsunami of Vernacular Photographs Recording Every Action as if it Were of Equal Importance

NY times blogger James Estrin contrasts the measured connoisseurship of an old-style photographic festival with the estimated 380 billion photographs taken last year by camera phones, or the 380 million uploaded to Facebook every day. Estrin rails against photographs used as “a chintzy currency in a social interaction,” and fears the that professional photographers will […]

Tsunami of Vernacular Photographs Recording Every Action as if it Were of Equal Importance