In August 1966, a part-time tutor at St Martin’s School of Art withdrew a book from the college library. His name was John Latham and the book in question was Art and Culture, an essay collection by the doyen of modernism, Clement Greenberg. But Latham didn’t read the book. Instead, he invited friends, students and fellow artists to his house for what he called a “Still and Chew” event. Participants were asked to select a page, chew it to a pulp, and then spit the resultant “distillation” into a flask. Latham added acid, sodium bicarbonate and yeast (“an Alien Culture”), and left the fertile brew to bubble gently. … [Read more...] about Conceptual art: why a bag of rubbish is not just a load of garbage
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What does the latest Arts Index say? After the 2008 financial crash, the arts sector witnessed a significant drop in public funding, business support and philanthropic giving Investment via public funding for the arts per head of population - via the Lottery, local and national government - has dropped by 35% since then, with local government funding for the arts falling by 43% However, earned income increased by 47% - with arts organisations becoming more reliant on money made from ticket sales, catering and venue hire This shift from subsidy to private income has left the arts sector significantly more exposed to the threat from Covid-19 While galleries and cinemas are putting plans in place to reopen, theatres and concert venues will remain closed for the foreseeable future. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Report suggests arts industry faces ‘ruinous losses’
Hall said Hytner, who will step down from the National Theatre next year, would "help us both with our creative vision for the BBC as we run up to the whole charter [renewal] process, but also very specifically help us with the arts and even more specifically to help us with his advice and encouragement on drama. … [Read more...] about BBC boss taps Nicholas Hytner and Nicholas Serota for arts push
Many artists, such as Shirin Sabahi, had already started work on the projects they are showing: Her video Lung documents the annual collapse of the inflated dome over a Berlin public swimming pool. For Sabahi, the "Studio Berlin" exhibition has provided more than compensation for coronavirus cancellations: "I had projects cancelled during lockdown which were financially a loss and I do show in Berlin, but this is by far the biggest show I've been in here." … [Read more...] about Berlin nightclub Berghain reopens as art space
It’s time, Mr Dowden, you faced up to a simple truth: artists know much more about the arts than politicians. So far the most practical plan for the theatre has come from Sam Mendes, who has made numerous recommendations: increasing the theatre’s tax-relief scheme from 20% to 50%, inviting the government to become theatrical “angels” by investing in productions, challenging the streaming services to put money into an industry from which they directly benefit. Have you spoken to Sir Sam about his ideas? Have you co-opted him onto the cultural renewal taskforce you have set up? Or are you simply fiddle-faddling while Rome burns? … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?