Tuesday, July 31, 2007
ANTONIONI IS GONE
His 1966 cult favorite “Blow Up” was a huge influence on me. Last Summer, while in London, I actually retraced and photographed the location of many scenes from the film.
Goodbye Michelangelo Antonioni and thank you!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Christian Patterson ( http://christianpatterson.com/blog/ )recently blogged about an art gallery solicitation to exhibit for a fee! My policy has always been to refuse paying any fee , however small! The thought process is that I go through a great deal of time, trouble and expense to produce the work, so an exhibiting venue should at least be prepared to shoulder the cost of mounting the exhibition!
A variation on this theme , is the pay to publish publications. I was just contact by WOA Publishing to be included in one of two “major” publications with the impressive titles of: MASTERS OF TODAY: 100 Contemporary Artists and Art of Excellence: 100 Contemporary Artists.
We cordially invite you to submit materials for selection to become published in MASTERS OF TODAY: 100 Contemporary Artists (two-pages) and Art of Excellence: 100 Contemporary Artists (one page bonus), two collectible global art books edited by WOA Publishing. Artists can either apply for one page or two pages with a limited portfolio of up to 6 works and essay or for a curatorial art project extended to 10-page spreads. Place and availability in the book are subject to quality. Each selected artist will receive three copies of the book.
HOW TO APPLYIn order to facilitate a rapid nomination process and a shorter time to publication, artists are asked to submit materials electronically. Please send World documents and artwork as JPG, TIFF or ZIP files.
The author royalty is 40% of the net sales and is paid by distributor to author.
Inclusion fee All submissions are subject to acceptance. Accepted submissions fee is euro 990 for the cost. The cost includes full editing, creative layout and design per-page, text review & post-editing, plates, offset printing, binding, packing, shipping, distribution. The fee should be provided by the artist representative, sponsors, corporations or individual contributor or self-provided. View, download, and print the Application from this attachment: Click-On Application PDF or Application GIF . Further information and details on the Website: Click-On here.
Friday, July 27, 2007
BIG DADDY IS 54 x 3
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Drivin N Cryin*
Saturday, July 21, 2007
makingnoise at makingroom.com
Friday, July 20, 2007
R. David Paulison FEMA Administrator
It was reported , that the U.S. House of Representatives’ oversight committee on Thursday accused the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of refusing to acknowledge high levels of formaldehyde in trailers it provided to hurricane evacuees on the Gulf Coast. Over 120,000 trailers were provided for evacuees use, and approximately 66,800 are still in use. The Environmental Protection Agency has classified formaldehyde as a probable or known human carcinogen.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
STICKS and STONES may.........
I was chastised in a comment left on Alec Soth’s blog , www.alecsoth.com/blog , concerning my assertion that no words will make a photograph better art! I think it is an interesting and relevant idea?
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire , July 10, 2007. Morris contends “a picture unaccompanied by words may not mean anything at all. Do pictures provide evidence? And if so, evidence of what? And, of course, the underlying question: do they tell the truth?”. This question is sort of the flip side of applying it to photographs made as art?
As an aside to this, I recently found an article in the New York Times by film maker Errol Morris
To make a music analogy, I love the song NORWEGIAN WOOD by The Beatles. If given the chance to ask one of them what the song means to them, I wouldn’t want to know because I have already conjured up something in my mind as to what it means to me!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Floodwall @ Louisiana State Museum Wed. 7/18-Sat. 10/13 - Louisiana State Museum - 660 North 4th Street - 341-5428 New Orleans artist Jana Napoli spent the winter after Katrina indulging in a new hobby: collecting the abandoned drawers left piled on the heaps of discarded guts of flooded homes in every affected neighborhood in the city. For six months she salvaged and refurbished the drawers, and soon her collection reached 600. Now the drawers are part of a traveling art installation called Floodwall that includes oral histories from several of the original owners. Floodwall has been installed at the State Museum and will be on display through Oct. 13. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors, students and military. Children under 12 free. >>More
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Published: July 17, 2007
Mr. Vitter dropped out of public view a week ago after admitting that his phone number had appeared in a list of clients’ numbers kept by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who is accused of running a prostitution ring in Washington. He missed major votes on Iraq in the Senate and made no public appearances, even as accounts of other relationships with prostitutes multiplied in the New Orleans news media.
After his initial apology, a woman convicted of running a brothel on Canal Street said Mr. Vitter had been a client, and another woman, identified by The New Orleans Times-Picayune as a prostitute named Wendy Cortez, came forward to say that she, too, had had a relationship with him when the senator was in the State Legislature in the 1990s.
These reports echoed longstanding rumors in Louisiana — which Mr. Vitter had vehemently rejected in the past — that he had had encounters with prostitutes.
Monday, July 16, 2007
NOT CONFUSING CARPS WITH CARP
Harrah’s New Orleans, the largest casino in the city, is on pace for its best year ever: gambling revenue is up 13.6 percent through the first five months of 2007 compared with the same period in 2005, pre-Katrina.
The casinos in this region are generating more revenue — from significantly fewer players — in large part because of the extra money that many area residents have in their pockets and fewer alternatives on where to spend it, casino executives and others in the region say.
“It’s like a barroom,” said Ted Lewis, 48, a case manager at a New Orleans homeless shelter who started coming to Harrah’s only after the casino’s reopening in early 2006. “When times are bad, people come to release stress. They drink, they gamble.”
They do indeed. Boomtown New Orleans, for instance, a casino on the edge of the city that was not flooded, booked $83 million in profit last year, nearly triple its pre-Katrina best. Here in Biloxi, even with two fewer casinos operating through the first half of the year, gamblers lost $428.3 million in the first five months of the year, compared with $418.7 during the same period in 2005.
Locals now abound at the gambling centers. Gary W. Loveman, the chief executive of Harrah’s Entertainment, said that before Katrina, roughly three out of every four people gambling at his company’s New Orleans property was a tourist; today the majority are from the city or the surrounding area, including a number of construction workers drawn to the area and other temporary residents.
“With all the bowling alleys and social clubs and churches and favorite restaurants that aren’t there,” Mr. Loveman said, “we’re getting a much larger share of the discretionary spend.”
Excerpts from: Casinos Boom in Katrina’s Wake as Cash Pours In By GARY RIVLIN
Published: July 16, 2007 The New York Times
Sunday, July 15, 2007
ON MY WAY TO THE FORUM
Apparently a murder had occured, thus the body.
Friday, July 13, 2007
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The question was posed to me , after U.S. Senator (R-LA) David Vitter disclosed that he had frequented an escort service for sex , “What would the Senator have done, had he gotten the prostitute pregnant” - given his pro-life abortion stance? It’s an interesting question , although I am not sure if any of this is germane to his ability to represent Southern Louisiana.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
STILL A PART OF AMERICA
Louisiana ranked 22nd in business costs, 50th in labor, 41st in regulatory environment, 43rd in economic climate, 45th in growth prospects and 49th in quality of life. Moret says the signing of House Bill 505, which eliminates the unorthodox sales tax on business utilities and natural gas, would have an immediate positive effect on several of the categories. "That's something that literally the governor could do today," he says.
For the full rankings and explanation of the categories, click here. --Seth Fox
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
GALVESTON ARTS CENTER
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Posted by NOLA.com July 10, 2007 1:33PM
A call from a pornographic magazine may have led to the admission by U.S. Senator David Vitter that his phone number is among those contained in phone records associated with an escort service.
ABC News reports in The Blotter reports that calls from Hustler magazine investigators Monday afternoon prompted the Louisiana senator to reveal the "very serious sin" in his past.
Monday, July 09, 2007
John Szarkowki is dead.
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