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january  2011

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Mondrian / De Stijl

at the Centre Pompidou


December 1 2010 - March 21 2011 

A current exhibition explores the development of the artistic movement De Stijl and its leading figure, Piet Mondrian. This retrospective is the very first in France to shed light on a key moment in 20th century art.  Mondrian formed a "new abstract visual language" inspired by De Stijl ideas, which was to revolutionize painting and art in general.  This important movement also influenced painting, sculpture, city planning, architecture, furniture design and graphic design.

David Wojnarowicz:

A Fire in My Belly 1986–87

On December 1, 2010, the Smithsonian Institution ordered the removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly video from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The action was in response to pressure from the Catholic League and several politicians who objected to a segment of the video that shows ants crawling on a crucifix. The exhibition is one of the first major museum shows to examine homosexual identity in portraiture.

Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) was an influential artist, activist, and writer. He made the video in 1987 in response to his own suffering and that of his friends in their struggle against AIDS.

Protest at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Dec. 19, 2010

The Pop Artist: Claes Oldenburg

French Fries and Ketchup, “soft” sculpture, 1963 by Claes Oldenburg

An innovative and prominent member of the Pop Art movement, Claes Oldenburg is known for his giant adaptations of everyday objects such as, a clothespin, a spoon with a cherry on top, and french fries as seen above. His work generally fits into one of two categories: soft sculpture and steel monuments.  Oldenburg was born in Sweden in 1929, but settled in Chicago, IL at age seventeen and is now living and working as an artist in New York. His sculptural works are installed in major cities throughout the U.S. including: Minneapolis, MN, Philadelphia, PA, Cleveland, OH, and Washington, D.C.

SMart Festival, April 4-8th 2011, Grand Rapids MI
Call for entries 

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SMart Festival is Michigan’s only multimedia arts festival to promote creativity and innovation in new media art. It is open to all local, national, and international artists exploring new possibilities in contemporary art.  This event attracts hundreds of participants and features free openings, performances, and “accidental encounters with art” in and around Grand Rapids.  
For application form and more information about this exciting event, check out:


Brian Elder

Local artist, Brian Elder’s recent work in painting, photography and video involve recording the awareness of coming to know a place with its metaphorical ties to our awareness and movement through life. His work explores the concept of how our contemporary knowledge of a place, as well as the process of our coming to know, is largely defined by how we are able to experience our sense of reality through the wide range of information we have at hand.

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