ALEKSEY DAYEN: Poem by Winans | New York on Jan 25 | Boris liked his poetry (I brought him few books couple of years ago). Also Winans published Jack Micheline’s first and the only collection of short stories.
A.D. Winans was born in San Francisco, California on January 12, 1936, as Allan Davis Winans, Jr. He graduated from San Francisco State College in 1962, with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. He served three years in Panama, in the military, and returned home in 1958 to become part of the beat movement flourishing in S.F.'s North Beach District. He enrolled in the post graduate creative writing program at S.F. State in 1962. Winans was friends with Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, Charles Bukowski, and other noted poets & writers.
POETRY BAY: Shit happens | New York on Jan 27 | This a 3-D locomotive heading straight at you
THEODORE A. HARRIS: Our Flesh of Flames | Philadelphia on Feb 16 | Dear Mr. Lurie: My name is Theodore A. Harris. I'm a collagist and writer based in Phiadelphia, PA. I have been following the work of the NO!art group since the writer Gene Ray in an essay on my tilted: Against Empire: Theodore Harris and the Art of Confrontational Collage compared my work with you and other members of NO! Art. I'm writing now to ask if I could be apart of what your doing? Keep up the great work! Thanks. Peace Theodore A. Harris, Philadelphia
ALEKSEY DAYEN: Open Letter to the World | New York on Apr 15 | Must See Video. This is powerful. Please turn up your speakers. You encouraged to view "An Open Letter to the World" and pass it on to your friends and family members. | 5:42 min>
ASTRID SCHAFFERT: Donation for G8Protest Fund | Frankfurt on May 2 | Sending you greetings and wishing you a great day, dear Dietmar Kirves,
The time Angela Merkel, George Bush, Tony Blair, Wladimir Putin as well as heads of governments of France, Italy, Japan and Canada get together, we are called to come together to demand a different world, a different political agenda. Growing social injustice, environmental depletion as well as policies which are singlemindedly directed at the exploitation interest of transnational capital, is served up daily and presented as the only possibility without alternatives.
We will not accept this. A wide spread democratic protest, supported by many international organisations, is casting its shadow ahead. Special trains to the opening rally at Rostock are already booked, international guest are invited for the alternative summit and a massive cultural program entiteled “Move against G8” is being put together at present.
A few *high lights* can be described as follows:>
A major concert with many well known international and national bands following the demonstration of Saturday June 2nd, 2007.
Sunday, June 3rd 2007, we will have the best of the protest culture: The art of action, readings, cabarett, music by Jan Delay, Chumbawamba and many others.
Monday June 4th, 2007, through Wednesday June 6th, 2007, many artists and musicians support the protest by appearing at the camp site or on mobile stages directly with activist performances.
A tent for songwriting enables theater performances, cabaret, singer-songwriter performances, films and video art.
Art excebition at the fence (“You missed painting on the German wall? Well here is your second chance.”) with international works under the motto “Alternatives to neoliberal globalisation” completes our activities.
Being independent of sponsoring by large cooperations and governments we are banking on the support of many, many individuals, therefore our request:>
Make a donation against the madness of G8 summit. As little as 10, 20, 50, or 100, or 1000,- Euro, every amount will make a difference.
Please pass this message on to friends and aquaintances.
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THEODORE A. HARRIS: Meet the Artist | Philadelphia on May 27 | 40th St. Artist-in-Residence Invites you to Meet the Artist Saturday, June 2, 7-9 PM
ALEKSEY DAYEN: NO!art ??? | New York on Jun 12
The work of art that didn't do what it said on the tin
When the Italian artist Piero Manzoni put his excrement into tin cans in the early 1960s and offered it as art, he said that he was exposing “the gullibility of the art-buying public”. Collectors and galleries that paid high prices for the tins including the Tate appeared even more gullible yesterday when it emerged that they contained not faeces, but plaster.
When the Italian artist Piero Manzoni put his excrement into tin cans in the early 1960s and offered it as art, he said that he was exposing “the gullibility of the art-buying public”.
Collectors and galleries that paid high prices for the tins including the Tate appeared even more gullible yesterday when it emerged that they contained not faeces, but plaster.
The tin at the Tate, for which the gallery paid £22,300 in 2000, is labelled Merda d’Artis-ta (Artist’s S***) 1961. Described by the Tate as a seminal work, it was No 4 of 90 cans made by Manzoni, each supposedly containing 30 grams of his excrement. A buyer paid €124,000 (£84,000) at an auction in Milan last month for tin No 18.
However, Agostino Bonalumi, who worked closely with Manzoni, recalled yesterday that he, Manzoni and a third young artist, Enrico Castellani, had rebelled against traditional art forms but had found no takers in Milan for their ideas.
“Piero said, ‘All these Milanese bourgeois bastards want is c***,’ ” Mr Bonalumi wrote in Corriere della Sera. He said that shortly afterwards Manzoni asked him and Castellani to his studio, where he showed them a can on which he had replaced the label with another on which he had written the words “Merda d’Artista”.
Mr Bonalumi said that “for decades since, many people have asked what was really inside the cans”. The answer was: “I can assure everyone that the contents were only plaster. If anyone wants to verify this, let them do so.”
Manzoni once said that he hoped that the cans would explode, and about half are reported to have done so. But none of the owners have revealed the contents. The cans, owned by the Tate, the Pompidou museum in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, are intact.
The Tate said yesterday that its can remained valid as a work of art. “Keeping the viewer in suspense is part of the subversive humour of the work,” a spokesperson told The Times.
In a letter to a friend before his death from drink and drugs at the age of 29, Manzoni said: “If collectors really want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there’s the artist’s own s***. That is really his.” Manzoni, born near Cremona in 1933, used phosphorescent paint and cobalt chloride for his paintings, so that the colours altered over time. He also made “pneumatic sculptures” containing his own breath.
The shock art pioneer Marcel Duchamp’s works included Fountain, a urinal exhibited in New York in 1917
1966’s Destruction in Art Symposium in London featured Herman Nitsch’s Orgies of Mystery Theatre, a music and dance display amid dismembered animal corpses. Organisers were charged with indecency
David Mach’s Polaris (1983), a protest against nuclear war, featured 6,000 used tyres in the shape of a submarine. One irate visitor to the Hayward Gallery died attempting to set it alight
Rachel Whiteread displayed House, a full-size cast of an East London home, in a public park in 1993. It was demolished after an outcry
Sarah Lucas installed a working toilet in the Institute of Contemporary Art as part of a 1997 show. Several visitors to the opening night used it>
Myra (1997), by Marcus Harvey, depicted the Moors murderer Myra Hindley with children's handprints, and was attacked by protesters
Source: Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute of Glasgow University; Minnesota State University
● I wonder, if I should write a poem about blowing snot into a tissue, or an opera about hemoroids, what would they pay for that? Artsy people may be intelligent, but when it comes to essential common sense, they're a few chips short of a chippy.Nancy, Glens Falls , USA NY
● Brilliant! Brilliant!! Vive Marcus Harvey!Stephen, Surrey, BC Canada
● It seems that taste and decency have no place in this modern world.Ken Wyatt, Todmorden, UK
● It evokes the question: How much is a tin with a copy of the Times inside worth?Paul Medhurst, Vienna, Austria
● I find that the people who advocate that they are artists, and have no obvious ability in the subject, tend to make up for this by going to extremes such as this. This is clearly an act of a desperate person, who cannot find any other way of earning a living. However more fool to the purchases of the tins.Peter Hagan, Liverpool, England
● My Granny`s greatest condemnation was "He/they/she has got more money than sense". I, being of a different generation, did not really understand. Granny you were right.Peter Bolt (now aged 69), Redditch, UK
DIETMAR KIRVES to NAOMI T. SALMON: Take me | Berlin on Jun 24 | Simon says: "Take me by the word."
CLAYTON PATTERSON: The homeless man | New York on Dec 25 | The homeless man, Patrick Downey, on Ludlow street is a good Christmas day story- not only was he kicked out, but he was promised that he would get paid $150.00 a week for one year. He got the first weeks cash- as he was chucked out the door- and now, more than a couple of weeks have gone by, and he has not gotten any more money. It is not like nobody knows where he is, he is out front of the building. He has gone to 3 hospitals and ends up back on the street. He is an invalid- can't walk. This is classic Christmas story- Scrooge- Dickens- only this Scrooge doesn't develop empathy for those less fortunate. It is an especially interesting story. A one bedroom apartment in the Ludlow goes for $4,000.00 per month because of the amount of wealth that the street is starting to generate. With this new influx of wealth, the landlords are finding ways of evicting the small store front businesses between Houston and Stanton on the east side of the street.
As it keeps getting colder, and Patrick sits for hours on the metal garbage containerhe will eventually get pneumonia and die. The Bloomberg empire of billionaires are eating up our community. It is like a plague of locusts that are eating their way through the old LES. thanks Clayton>
PS. Patrick was sleeping in the hallway of the building- cops came and he got kicked out. thx cp.