Robert Rauschenberg (American, b. 1925), Retroactive I, 1963, oil on canvas,
83 7/8 x 59 7/8 inches, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, © Robert Rauschenberg
Art and politics link up more often than I find interesting but Artnet's
list of Obama, McCain and Clinton contributors is interesting
irrelevant to anybody but art geeks). Sure, artists like Cecily Brown and Chuck
Close might support Obama and Matthew Marks might have supported Clinton but
ultimately it says more about the donors than the candidates. Is there an artist
on the planet whose endorsement effects me? No .... So sure, I like Obama and
have had coffee with McCain (the obviously exhaused guy was in Portland looking
for a place to sit down at the 'Faz
on 23rd back in 2000, I made room for him at the small table)... though there
is no way I can vote for a war hawk, etc. My point, it's amusing to mix political
and art trivia sometimes.
Sometime PORT contributor
Brad Carlile has a lil photo tour
(nothing new but nice to see, especially the Rauschenbergs...
though I miss his messier ways).
Hicks had a nice piece in The Oregonian about The Dancer at PAM
it's a clear, well written piece as opposed to the "vague = balanced"
school of journalism (whose practitioners days are #ed, but if this is any indication
Bob Hicks deserves to keep his job). The show is really good and the bottom
floor of the exhibition really takes off with a a Baudelarian
sense of decadence and ennui rather than the bourgeois fluff we usually see
from impressionists (fatefully, CB translator and poet James
was my first creative writing teacher in college). All three Degas
Forian and Lautrec make biting social commentary that breaks down the status
quo of pre-modern patronage while literally creating modern modes of advertising
and other new modes of social strata intermingling.
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