Newsletter © Aug. update '04
& Social Change
A R T F O R
A C H A N G E
1) - MORE THAN A WITNESS... Last week for Mark Vallen's retrospective
2) - LEON GOLUB - RIP... Men Are Not For Burning
3) - THE SCREAM... Edvard Munch's famous artwork stolen
4) - ART EXHIBIT INSPIRED BY THE GEORGE W. BUSH COLORING BOOK...
In NYC during RNC week
5) - PEACE SIGNS - THE EXHIBITION... Taking place in NYC for RNC
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Detail of Mark Vallen's oil painting
MORE THAN A WITNESS
A Shenere Velt Gallery
Now - Aug. 29, 2004
A major retrospective
art exhibition encompassing thirty years of work.
Don't miss the Closing Party
for this important show!
Thursday, August. 26th, 6:30 pm
and Poetry connect at this unique art event. Acclaimed writer,
Luis J. Rodriguez to read
poetry at the Closing Party for Mark Vallen's exhibit. The writer
and the painter will collaborate in offering a powerful evening
of socially conscious art.
The Sunday August 22, 2004 edition of the Los
Angeles Times Magazine published nearly a full page
article on Vallen's exhibit which included three color photos
of the works on display. The Times stated the artist treats his
subjects "with irony, tenderness and
the Closing Party award-winning author Luis J. Rodriguez will
read selected works from his impressive repertoire as well as
recite the verse of famed poet Pablo
Neruda to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
great Chilean writer's birth. Rodriguez, known for penning the
international bestseller, Always Running:
La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., also believes that
a writer can help make a difference. For
additional information on the author: www.luisjrodriguez.com
will be in the gallery to greet you during the following days
Wednesday 25th - Friday 27th - from 12
Noon until 2 o'clock
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 5 pm. Friday 10 am - 3 pm.
Group and guided viewings can be arranged. The artworks will also
be on view during regular events at the Workmen's Circle.
final opportunity to view Vallen's exhibit comes on
August 29th, 2004.
That evening at 7pm, the A
Shenere Velt Gallery will be present a screening of
Burn!, director Gillo
Pontecorvo's panoramic film of a slave rebellion in
an 18th-century Caribbean setting starring Marlon
Brando. The Italian film maker also directed the
classic 1965 film, Battle of Algiers.
A Shenere Velt Gallery
Eric A. Gordon, PhD - Director,
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
Southern California District
South Robertson Blvd.
(310) 552-2007 phone (310)
WC/AR) : www.circle.org
GOLUB - RIP
Men Are Not For Burning
Leon Golub died on August
8th at the age of 82. He was a main proponent of both figurative
and social realism. Born in Chicago in 1922, the artist spent
time in Paris during the 1950ís, where he witnessed massive demonstrations
against the French colonial war then taking place in Algeria.
A politicized Golub returned to the US in the early 60ís, where
he began creating prints and paintings on the themes of war, oppression,
torture, and humanity's capacity to brutalize itself.
Leon Golub (detail)
print by Leon Golub
soon turned to excoriating US policy in Vietnam, and in 1973 he
painted a huge 40 foot wide canvas titled, Vietnam
II, which depicted US soldiers shooting Vietnamese
had developed a style of monumental painting in which he first
applied paint to the canvas, then scraped it off to leave a multi-layered
and scarred texture over which he applied even more paint.
used this method to good effect when in the 1980's he turned his
attention to the atrocities occurring in Central America as well
as to the repression of the African liberation movements of Southern
addressed aspects of those struggles with uncompromising honesty
in a series of paintings titled Interrogation
and Mercenaries. Golub once
said of his works, "I'm trying to invite
you into scenes where you might not want to be invited in."
The artist regularly donated his works to raise money for social
causes, and he continued to be a dissident voice in the arts until
the very end.
Museum of American Art in New York is presenting a
bi-coastal documentary film series titled, WAR!
Protest in America, 1965-2004. On view in NYC from
August 26, to October
24, 2004, the series
includes the movie, Not in Our Name,
in which Brigitte Cornand interviews Leon Golub on the eve of
the current Iraq conflagration. That film and many others will
also screen in Los Angeles at CalArts
this coming October 30 - 31,
2004. (for NYC tickets call
1-877-WHITNEY - for LA ticket info, call 213 237-2810). For a
schedule of the film series, please visit
Edvard Munch's famous artwork stolen
August 22, 2004, two masked and armed thugs raided Norway's Oslo
Munch Museum in broad daylight
and made off with one of the world's most famous artworks. The
art thieves held pistols on museum guards and forced dozens of
tourists to lie on the floor while the heist was pulled off. The
bandits pulled two paintings off the wall, Edvard Munch's famous
The Scream and a lesser known
work of his, The Madonna.
There were some 70 people in the gallery as the gun toting criminals
put the artworks under their arms and ran out the door. The famous
artworks were cut out of their frames, which were found discarded
in another part of the city.
Scream, by Edvard Munch
Munch was an influential Norwegian artist whose emotionally charged
work helped give birth to the early Expressionist
school. The Scream is considered to be the artist's most
important creation, an artwork epitomizing the angst and alienation
of modern society. Munch made several versions of his famous image,
which he first created in 1893. "They were all painted by Munch,
and they are all just as valuable," museum spokeswoman Jorunn
Christoffersen told the Associated Press. "Still, these paintings
are not possible to sell, and it is impossible to put a price
tag on them." Undoubtedly the stolen works will either be put
up for ransom or sold to a corrupt private collector.
worked in Germany as well as his home country of Norway. In 1937,
the Nazis denounced the artist's creations as Entartete
Kunst (Degenerate Art), and some 80 of his paintings
were seized or removed from German galleries. In the spring of
1940 the Nazis invaded and occupied Norway, establishing a puppet
government headed by Vidkun Quisling
(a name forever associated with bootlicks and collaborators).
Munch refused any contact with the Quisling regime and scornfully
derided Hitler as a house painter. On January 23rd 1944, Munch
died at the age of 81 with his native Norway still under Nazi
Munch helped launch a revolution in art that still has resonance
in the present. Yet, like other prophets, he had to struggle against
the reactionaries of his time in order to establish himself. Even
in death Munch is targeted by cold-blooded and pitiless philistines
who see only dollar signs as they pillage the treasures he bequeathed
to the people. One can only hope that justice will find the looters
and that Munch's paintings will be returned safely to their proper
Munch Museum in Norway maintains a beautiful website where you
can read about the artist and view his works: www.munch.museum.no
Ocker's Bush Coloring book
EXHIBIT INSPIRED BY THE
GEORGE W. BUSH COLORING BOOK
In New York during RNC week
creator of the George W. Bush Coloring
Book, has organized a convention week art exhibit in
New York City that features the works of 20 artists from around
Artist's works address topics ranging from the war on Iraq and
homeland security, to the economy, the environment, and much more.
The Artist's Reception takes
place on August 28th,
2004 from 6 - 9 pm.
It all takes place at the A.I.R. Gallery,
511 West 25th St. Suite 301,
NYC. Phone 212-255-6651.
For more info, visit the gallery's website, at: www.airnyc.org
SIGNS - Exhibition during RNC week
Signs: The Antiwar Movement Illustrated is the ultimate
artbook collection of posters and graphics from the current war
in Iraq. The book contains
200 full color posters from artists and designers from over 22
countries worldwide, featuring artwork by artists Mark
Smith, and many others. Now
an exhibition of more than 80 images, including poster art from
the compelling book, will be on exhibit at New York's Chisholm
Gallery in time for the Republican
Party Convention. The exhibit presents historic posters
addressing the subject of war, including works dating from WW1
to the present. The exhibit is on display until September
11th, 2004. The
Chisholm Gallery is located at: 56 West
22nd St, 2nd Fl.
(near Sixth Ave). Visit the gallery's website, at: www.vintagepostersnyc.com
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