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When Art & Energy were Dancing on the Rooftops in New York – Laurie Anderson, Gordon Matta-Clark & Trisha Brown

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 April 2011

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece,” (1973), depicting dancers on adjacent rooftops

Michael Kimmelman has written “When Art and Energy Were SoHo Neighbors” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, which looks at New York’s Soho, in the 1970s, with its extraordinary, vibrant artistic energy, and some of the truly inspired “lean times” work of the choreographer Trisha Brown, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and the performance artist Laurie Anderson and includes some wonderful photos as well as a brief, but poignant interview with Anderson.  All this in the context of the show at the Barbican Art Gallery entitled “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s” (through 22 May 2011) which includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, documentation of performances and mixed media works, and which The Guardian has called simply a “brilliant exhibition”.

Here’s what the Barbican has to say about the exhibition:

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, choreographer Trisha Brown and artist Gordon Matta-Clark were friends and active participants in the New York art community, working fluidly between visual art and performance.

With the city as their backdrop, canvas, stage and inspiration, this exhibition is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches taken by these three key figures, both individually and collectively, in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.

New York City provided a powerful context for the work of Anderson, Brown and Matta-Clark. On the verge of bankruptcy in the 1970s, the disappearance of manufacturing and other major industries and the withdrawal of public services were turning the city into a centre of widespread unemployment and lawlessness. Artists responded by taking over derelict spaces to make and exhibit their work, by using the city itself as the medium or setting for their work, by creating opportunities to engage directly with the public out of doors and by building a vibrant arts community.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972

Kimmelman offers some perceptive observations regarding the art scene, then and now, including an astute, if sadly true, comparison of the 70s New York downtown art scene and the current “art scene” style of contemporary Berlin.  Economics, certainly; motivation, aspiration, inspiration, even more so…

 images: top, Babette Mangolte/The New York Times; bottom, courtesy Jane Crawford. © Estate of Cosmos Andress Sarchiapone. © 2010 Estate of Gordon Matta- Clark/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS London

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Google Accuses China of Blocking Gmail Service

Posted by the editors on Monday, 21 March 2011

A Google logo

image: Google

David Barboza and Claire Cain Miller have written a short but interesting article entitled “Google Accuses Chinese of Blocking Gmail Service” in the Technology section of The New York Times, looking into “disruptions” in the Gmail service in China which Google states are part of  “a government blockage, carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.”  A never-ending battle?

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E-Books & Libraries – Real Shelf-life for a Virtual Book

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Downloading an e-book from the New York Public Library website to a Nook Color

image: Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times

Julie Bosman has written an interesting and informative article entitled “As Library E-Books Live Long, Publisher Sets Expiration Date” in the Media & Advertising section of The New York Times looking at the strained relations between public libraries and e-book publishers in general, and the new “26 borrowers” limit imposed HarperCollins Publishers.

Did all of you know that you can’t download public library e-books to your Kindle?  (Is this “just” a question of file format or ….?)  What do you think about the “26 borrowers” limit?

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Whitney Museum Board OKs Renzo Piano-Designed Downtown Building to Open in 2015

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 30 May 2010

Image The New York Times

The Renzo Piano-designed downtown Whitney will be a six-story building adjacent to the High Line Park in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District.

Carol Vogel has written an article entitled “Whitney Museum Plans New Building Downtown” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times (online) looking at the approval by the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Board of Directors to build, beginning in one year, and scheduled to open in 2015, a new, much larger facility designed by Renzo Piano, adjacent to the High Line Park in the Meat Packing district of New York City.  The future of the museum’s current Marcel Breuer-designed upper east side Manhattan building, opened when the Whitney’s permanent collection numbered 2000 works, and much too small to expose more than an miniscule portion of its now 18000 work-strong collection,  may very well entail a joint venture with Metropolitan Museum of Art.

See our sister blog, designalog, for a  post on the Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Kimbell Art Museum to open in 2013, for more on Piano’s museum designs, here.

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$120 Million Theft of Paintings from Paris Museum of Modern Art – Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Braque & Léger

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 May 2010

Photo (c) A.K./bluetravelguide.com/The New York Times

Dove with Green Peas, Pablo Picasso

Doreen Carvajal has written a short article entitled “On (Surprisingly Quiet) Parisian Night, a Picasso and a Matisse Go Out the Window” in the Europe section of The New York Times describing what (little) is known about the theft Wednesday night from the Paris Museum of Modern Art of five paintings from the museum’s permanent collection: “Dove With Green Peas” by Picasso, “La Pastorale” by Matisse, “Olive Tree Near l’Estaque” by Georges Braque, “Woman With a Fan” by Amedeo Modigliani and “Still Life With Chandeliers” by Fernand Léger.  A (very) private collector?  Wonderful gifts for Mothers’ Day?
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