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Notes of an Artistic Mad Man: Art & The New Year

Above: Turner show, 'Painting Set Free', at Tate Museum in London.

Photo credit: Penny Lee

…Art and the New Year 2015…. It’s over – the whole North Korean sabotaging of Sony and The Interview drama that we have all had the pleasure of witnessing; along with the mighty Hollywood industry looking like children in their attempt to deal with damage control. George Clooney tried to come to the rescue with a cry of “not letting this happen on our watch” and then stepping up to create a letter that he wanted to be signed by other film execs to stop Sony from pulling the bad-fart movie from the theaters, but nobody signed it. It seems the movie biz execs knew quite well that you couldn’t buy this type of promotional fanfare that would make a real bad movie a box office moneymaker as it did. So all the Presidential “wish you didn’t do that” platitudes and the furor over First Amendment Rights were all for not, when really all it was about was money. So much money that promotional people at other movie studios are looking for other rogue nations to pick up the slack for their really bad movies…

…Looking out at over the open plain of the up-coming New Year I’m sure there are going to be more things that inspire than there will be to depress. I am calling this New Year the Year of Turner, the late great British Painter is not only being celebrated with a show, Painting Set Free, at the Tate in London that will travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in February and then take the trip up the I-5 to the de Young Museum in San Francisco in June. It is a must see show of a man who was intimate with light and water and might be the harbinger of abstract art. He is also being featured in a movie by another British Artist/Film maker, Mike Leigh, entitled, Mr. Turner that is being well reviewed and was a hit at Cannes. Although its been critically acclaimed it does fall into the trap of using just the the artist’s name in the title like so many artist-bio genre films, including Caravaggio, Pollack, Basquiat, Klimt, Camille Claudet, Modigliani and Frida to name a few. They are all very good films about seminal artists so why fix something that isn’t broke. See them all in the New Year, they don’t disappoint. …

 

…A couple of other exciting happenings in the art world in 2015 including the opening of the new Whitney in April. The often referred to mediocre modern art museum tries to flex some muscle by pounding some sides of beef in the meat packing district in Manhattan with a design by Renzo Piano. Then in London an interesting show in February at the Hayward Gallery, History is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, with seven modern artists: John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane & Louise Wilson each curate a section and a viewpoint of British Art history. And finally at the Philadelphia Museum of Art the most interesting show of the New Year: 200 years of African-American Art that highlights over one hundred African-American Artist and their place in art history in America. Just a few things to look forward to and enjoy in the New Year. Have a good one…

-C.C. Long

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“Mama, I made it!” Top 5 Most Swaggerless Artists of 2014

Happy New Year and thank you for showing love to Swaggerless and strugglin’ artists everywhere during our first year. Thanks to your support, 2014 has brought over 11 thousand visitors from 87 countries, and featured articles and bios from a ton of talented artists, musicians, photographers, painters, directors, and everything in between– it’s been one hell of a year. Here are our TOP 5 MOST SWAGGERLESS ARTISTS of 2014.

This Swaggerless bunch had the most hits on Swaggerless.org in 2014. Congrats! You can now give yourselves a pat on the back.

5. Photographer, Unorthodox Genius

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Cameraman Marceu Lewis, aka Unorthodox Genius, views things in the most unusual and “unorthodox” ways. [VIEW]

 4. Hip-hop Artist, Airospace

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DC artist, Airospace makes music for defective humans and obsolete robots. [LISTEN]

 3. Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

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Painter and Illustrator, Estela Cuadro shares her world from Buenos Aires. [VIEW]

 2. EDM Duo, Eion and Kendra

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2014 SXSW performers, Eion and Kendra share their epic tunes. [WATCH]

1. MOST SWAGGERLESS 2014: SoCal Band, Thieves & Lovers

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Southern California band, Thieves & Lovers will steal your heart. [LISTEN]

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I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school [Listen]

Ann Arbor rapper, MR:B, shares music off his new album, Metropolis; inspired by the Fritz Lang classic and the anime remake– the man has good taste.

 

My name is MR:B hailing from Ann Arbor, MI. I’ve been a rapper/producer for 4 years.

 

I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school.

 

I speak for the kids living in trailer parks and smoking too much weed hoping they don’t die check to check.

 

My sound is one closely knit with rusty hip-hop, that raw, dusty vinyl, of hand crafted instrumentals.

 

Shout out to Airo, Cauz, and to you for downloading my mixtape…right?
-MR:B
To hear more music from MR:B,  visit his Soundcloud and like him on Facebook.

 

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Notes Of An Artistic Mad Man: Art & Crime

Above: Picasso vandal tote bag from Art Basel Miami by Brandon Dunlap.

Photo credit: Brandon Dunlap ; @brandunlap

…Crime and Art…not exactly bosom buddies but they’ve known each other long enough to enjoy a glass of Chianti and talk shop once in awhile.  Needless to say crime has a lot to talk about these days since it has inundated much of modern society’s most cherished institutions, including politics, finance, entertainment, sports, the corporate boardroom and bedroom, high tech, low tech, not to mention judicial malfeasance and police provocation, communications skullduggery and religious treasons, (stop me if you can), education transgressions, rampant racism, personal offenses, hidden agendas and pedophile atrocities.  And then there’s art crimes; not as creative as they should be, highlighted by the graffito taggers rocking their spray paint, grease and chalk illegally in urban sprawl or the forever depressing creepy essence of law suits targeting various artists appropriation of images that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that stealing art is art.   And then there’s the wannabe artist, who is tagging National Parks with cute paintings on ancient rocks.  It’s really quite embarrassing and boring at the same time.  All I can do is yell at the top of my lungs: Long Live Banksy

…Another pathetic art crime was committed by an artist, James Meyer, who was convicted of grand larceny of millions of dollars of art created by Jasper Johns.  Meyer, better known as Jasper Johns‘ studio assistant and not an artist, admitted to a federal judge that he stole 22 paintings from the Jasper Johns’ Connecticut studio and sold them for a pretty penny.   He bought a vacation home, a yacht, not to mention cars and everything and anything that big time art thievery money can buy.  Meyer sold Jasper’s paintings under the guise that they were gifts from the his boss so he wanted to keep the sales on the down low but who knew how low James Meyer would go…

…And of course there are the usual run-of-the-mill art crimes like stealing, forging and defacing that are investigated by the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team created in 2004 surviving the acronym, ASS, short for, Art Swat Squad.  I think there is a bad television show in there somewhere. The team is composed of special agents, each responsible for addressing art and cultural property crimes in assigned geographic regions. The Art Crime Team is coordinated through the FBI’s Art Theft Program, located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Since its inception, they have recovered more than 2,650 items valued at over $150 million.  But not one of those art crimes inspire the Hollywood glitz of The Thomas Crown Affair or the spectacle of Picasso being suspected of stealing the Mona Lisa or as outrageous as Tony Shafrazi’s defacing of Guernica by Picasso with the infamous scrawled epitaph: KILL ALL LIES.  A credo all art crimes should measure themselves by…

-C.C. Long (Artistic Mad Man)

C.C. Long: A professional artist and writer for over 20 years. Has been published both in England and the United States. Desire, The Driftwood Review, Flux, Chin, Exit Art, WhiteHot Magazine, Art Nouveau Magazine, The Village Voice, The Thompkins Park Literary Review and the Boston Literary Magazine are just a few of the magazines and literary reviews that has published his works. 

Art Of The World: Collage Arte from Argentina [Ignacio Rivas]

Argentine artist, Ignacio Rivas,  shares his “collage arte” with us all the way from Buenos Aires; traveling thousands of miles (or kilometers), minus the jet lag– it was well worth the “cyberspace” trip. Enjoy!

Hi! Mi name is Ignacio Rivas. Im a visual artist from Argentina, Buenos Aires and I want to share my collage arte with you.

-Ignacio Rivas

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Ignacio Rivas defines himself as an “Artist by accident”. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989. His work is varied, and now he is working with manual and digital Collage. 
To see more art from Ignacio Rivas,  visit his Behance, find him on Tumblr, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Special thanks to Ignacio for sharing.

 

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New Music by Lucid Optics Sums Up Life In A Nutshell [Listen]

His album is, Life In A Nutshell. So is his bio…

I’m Lucid Optics. I write, record, produce, mix, and master indie rap. I’d rather not ramble so here’s some music.
-Lucid Optics

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(L to R) Airospace and Lucid Optics. They look like strangers but...
(L to R) Airospace and Lucid Optics. All love.
To hear more from Lucid Optics, find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp, and Bigcartel.

Special thanks to Lucid Optics for sharing.

 

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