NEWSgrist has added two new blogs to the blogroll (start dates August 2006):
An artist blog by quasi-itinerant artist Austin Thomas:
Notes on a post studio practice. Making art anywhere and all the time:
Tuesday, August 29, 2006:
In describing Free Space, I really need to talk more about LMCC, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, because that's where it all started. Back in May of 2005 I was awarded a Workspace Residency [...]
Ok, LMCC has a fantastic residency program in a fantastic building, 120 Broadway, the Equitable Building, downtown, New York City. A historic property. [...] It was very inspiring to work in an office building on an empty floor, which got me thinking about space, vacant space, space to be developed, and building and rebuilding space. And there's a lot of all that going on downtown which I was exposed to while working there for 6 months (the residency is now a year long).
After the residency, not having another studio to go to, I seized upon ideas of free space, and started to make a list of possible places, adjusted my practice accordingly, and set out to place myself and my work in the public and semi-public, sometimes private realms of a post studio practice. [...]
by Austin Thomas at 5:49 PM
-- and a museum blog covering the local art scene and a new museum planned for Leipzig:
Opening July 2008. Celebrating the works of Johann Dieter Wassmann (1841-1898). Generously supported by the Wassmann Foundation, Washington, D.C.
You are cordially invited to step inside Leipzig's latest arts hub as I provide daily posts in English on the museum’s progress toward opening day, as well as the goings on of Leipzig's dynamic arts scene.
Today’s post: Catching up with Neo Rauch
MuseumZeitraum Leipzig is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with city officials to provide a building in Leipzig's Thouberg district to house the art works of Johann Dieter Wassmann (1841-1898). The works are currently on display at the Wassmann Foundation, Washington, D.C. Museum officials have, for the past two years, been negotiating with the director of the Wassmann Foundation, Mr. Jeffrey Wassmann, for the repatriation of the works to Germany. The new museum will be located little more than half a kilometer from the birthplace of the artist. Museum Zeitraum is commited to raising €10m through the Zeitraum Challenge to provide capital funding for the building's renovation and initial operating expenses.
Johann Dieter Wassmann's vast oeuvre of photographs and boxed assemblage works are now acknowledged as a key link in the birth of European Modernism. As a predecessor to such innovative artists as Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, Sophie Taeuber, George Grosz, Max Ernst, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, the return of these works to Germany will mark a significant step forward toward our understanding of the early modernist movement.