EVENT: Protest the Smithsonian’s Censorship

DATE:  Sunday, 12/19 TIME: At: 1:00 pm Protest the Smithsonian’s Censorship A march to protest the Smithsonian’s Censorship of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery’s current Hide/Seek exhibit Organized by Art Positive: artpositive.org March begins at: The Metropolitan Museum of Art From there it will proceed to: The Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian…

More, More, and Still More Trouble for Beleaguered Smithsonian

Last Wednesday the Catholic League’s William Donohue told The Washington Post that, “You have to know when to step on the gas and when to step on the brake.” Ironically, he was speaking about his own turn to step on the brake, having given the gas already to his thrust to remove David Wojnarowicz’s A…

MOCA Treats Street Art Like Street Art

Begging the question of whether it’s still “street art” if you commission it for a Museum, Jeffrey Deitch, director of LA’s  Museum of Contemporary Art, had a freshly completed mural by Italian street artist, Blu, immediately white washed. Looks like street art to me! The rather heavy-handed mural depicting military coffins draped with out-sized dollar…

National Portrait Gallery Buried in Admonishments

James T. Bartlett has resigned as National Portrait Gallery commissioner, in protest of the Smithsonian’s  removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” exhibition. Since its decision to withdraw the Wojnarowicz piece in deference to complaints from William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, who…

Christie’s Mysterious New Blood

Christie’s recent top management shuffle has inspired a good deal of speculation regarding the strategic intentions of owners, François Pinault and his investment firm, Groupe Artemis SA.  Does Artemis, which acquired the auction house in 1999 for $1.2 billion have secret plans to sell in the near future? Sprung upon with announcements of a new…