Gong – Blues For Finlay

Artist RYM page: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/gong

YouTube playlist “Favorite Artists”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzuv7BwOKgU7qNSW9rKaBh5mX7Ioxua8S

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The Beatles – Cry For A Shadow

I’m starting a new feature for the blog – A song of the day YouTube video post. What better way to start than a playlist of some of my all time favorite artists.

Artist RYM page: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/the_beatles

YouTube playlist “Favorite Artists”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzuv7BwOKgU7qNSW9rKaBh5mX7Ioxua8S

World Keeps Getting Weirder

Just read an item about protesters picketing a Boston gallery because they were showing Renoir paintings. What?

Their complaint seems to be that they don’t like his work. Turns out that “Renoir’s deformed pink fuzzy women” are not their cup of tea. How did we get to the point where people are so narcissistic that they protest when reality doesn’t line up with their tastes?

What is that quote about parody being indistinguishable from extremism? The protesters claim that they were being ironic. So they actually like Impressionists but thought it would be terribly clever to pretend to be Westboro Baptist Church members; or something. To what end? Although they probably should be awarded a brownie point for getting the word “iconoclast” in the news.

I’m not sure this is going to get them their full 15 minutes of fame (though they did get picked up by the BBC). This most likely is one of those things where you had to be there to fully appreciate it. From a distance, it’s hard to pick up on the irony when we live in the crazy years; where plenty of people are deliriously happy to have their tastes rule over others (see our current political class).

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34465910

Coping Public Sculpture

Read a nice little item in Apollo Mag about some high-profile disputes with public sculpture. I think that many people would agree that modern copyright law is extreme and heavy handed. I haven’t given it much thought but defending the copyright of a popular public sculpture would seem to be a difficult challenge.

I found China’s defense of their copy of the Chicago sculpture, Cloud Gate, to be amusing and thought provoking at the same time:

‘Cloud Gate intends to reflect the sky, but ours reflects the ground,’ Ma Jun, a spokesperson from the Karamay tourism bureau has stated, before adding, ‘You can’t say we’re not allowed to build a round sculpture because there already is a round one.’

In copyright legal cases, like all types of law, you never know how a judge or jury is likely to handle a specific issue:

The sculptor John Raimondi has received damages of $640,000 from the Russian billionaire Igor Olenicoff as the latter made four unauthorised copies of sculptures by Raimondi (manufactured, unsurprisingly, in China) and displayed them publicly. However, in an odd twist to that case, US District Judge Andrew Guilford ruled against the prosecution’s argument that the fakes be destroyed and decreed that the new works be attributed to Raimondi, thus creating four new Raimondis against the artist’s wishes.

Source: http://www.apollo-magazine.com/dont-want-your-public-sculpture-to-get-copied-then-make-better-public-sculpture/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-want-your-public-sculpture-to-get-copied-then-make-better-public-sculpture

Ceramic Poppies Sculpture

Thousands of ceramic poppies used in the Tower of London installation, which marked the 100 years since the start of World War One, have gone on display at selected locations around the United Kingdom. Each poppy represents a British and Commonwealth death during the war.

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below; the other sculpture on tour, Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war.

Source: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/poppies-weeping-window-at-woodhorn/

Institutions Plan On How To Recover From ISIS Damage To Cultural Heritage

There isn’t much museums can do to resist ISIS in an active war zone. As a result most of their plans focus on Iraq. Actions they can take are limited; mostly related to co-coordinating activities of curators and training more specialists.

Museums can do amazing restorations of art objects but this strikes me as very naive:

Despite destruction by explosives, bulldozers and power tools, which the attackers have videoed and posted online, reconstruction may be possible, Tubb says. Looting means artefacts are lost to the black market, but destruction leaves fragments of buildings and foundations in situ. Others, including Weijland, fear that looting may accompany the destruction.

Any restoration that can correct the damage caused by ISIS is certainly welcome news. Protecting the cultural heritage that is located in the Middle East is a small but not insignificant additional reason to fight for the destruction of ISIS.

A related event is that the Detroit Institute of Arts has unveiled a new gallery devoted to the Ancient Middle East.

Source: http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/154741/