Sunday, May 01, 2005


Gender and the Art Market...

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Greg Allen writes a depressing artical
in todays NYTimes decrying a gender bias in the art market
"Take two contemporary artists, Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread, who both came to prominence in the 1990's as so-called Y.B.A.'s: Young British Artists. Both have won the Tate museum's Turner Prize: Ms. Whiteread in 1993 and Mr. Hirst in 1995. And both have made their way into high-profile collections. Next week Christie's is offering an important early sculpture by Ms. Whiteread, a fiberglass and rubber cast of two mattresses from 1991, which has been on extended loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Christie's suggests a value of $400,000 to $600,000. Meanwhile, Mr. Hirst's most famous early sculpture, a tiger shark suspended in a glass tank of formaldehyde, from 1992, sold in January for $13.3 million" ..."Whiteread has an extraordinary, esteemed museum exhibition and patronage history, but it's Hirst, which has little such institutional support, which does extremely well in the marketplace."
How do you change a situation like this? Marlane Dumas breaks records for highest price for living female artist with 3 million at auction while a wanker HACK like Hirst is pulling in over 13mil. Of course all of this affects us plebeians down at the bottom of the totem pole too, which sucks 'cause please tell me, how HOT would I look in one of these?

Nico And The Velvet Underground Caught In Fox News Sex Scandal's censorship of Cindy Sherman's art is one of many violations that continue to threaten Nico and The Velvet Underground's first amendment rights. The controversy surrounds the band's artistic use of artist Cindy Sherman's 1992 Untitled #256, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München. In the most recent spat with Rupert Murdoch's baby, Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off on Monday 19, 2005. This is the fifth time the band has been kicked off the site without warning.

The band continues to lead the message of gender equality, while supporting the many modern and post modern artists like Frida Kahlo, Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, and Guerrilla Girls. Like the subversive art of the Vienna Aktionists, Nico and the Velvet Underground continue to push the sexual barrier with such shocking secrets in hyper realized performances that include film, video, mixed media and Rock and Roll.

While Nico and The Velvet Underground arent ruling out a record deal with Viacom, Paramount, and MTV, it is concerned about this shocking news. Nico's press conference is set to air on several media outlets including WBBM AM/FM Chicago and Spike TV. In related news, Paramount bought out rival Dreamworks for $1.5 Billion, wrangling entertainment giants Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Viacom, which owns Paramount, reportedly negotiated a purchase of before the shocking buy out from Fox News on July 19, 2005. Spokeswoman Anna Astley is concerned about these recent developments and commented on the censorship fiasco. " and Fox News made no warning that the band's account was being cancelled. Cancelling Nico and The Velvet Undergrounds' account is tantamount to censorship and a violation of their First Amendment rights."

Amidst the controversy and swirling allegations, Nico and The Velvet Underground had accumulated thousands of fans, with hundreds of thousands projected for 2006. PR spokeswoman Anna Astley also spoke of Nico and The Velvet Underground’s projected lost revenues from the XM and Sirius Satellite Radio MTV tributes scheduled for 2006-2007. Fox News' censorship of Nico and The Velvet Underground will likely threaten their efforts for their much-anticipated Video iPod syndication in the EU, American, and Asian markets. Having been forced underground by Fox News and, the band members fought to regroup under the band name “000000000001," and are topping at number 1 on Microsoft's popular online portal CNET. seemingly disregards its policy that images not contain pornography, nudity, violence, offensive material, or copyrighted images. Arguably, contains thousands of nude pictures, violent and offensive material and copyrighted images ranging from Jesus Christ, Harry Potter, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and Snoop Dogg. is filled with flash images asking members to "slap" President George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, or Brad Pitt in order to win a free iPod.

Media giant Rupert Murdoch, who is the majority shareholder of News Corporation, recently bought out Intermix Media, owner of for 580 Million.

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused of false advertising and deceptive business practices. Within the last year, Myspace was fingered for spyware attacks to redirect members to its search engine.

Intermix Media agreed to settle for 7.9M, having admitted no wrongdoing.

Anna Astley refused to comment regarding any future legal action against News Corporation, Fox News, and/or regarding Nico and The Velvet Underground's First Amendment rights. "We cannot make a statement at this time," stated Astley. The investigation will result in an announcement in early January.

Anna Astley suggests that everyone reflect on Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson's 1943 opinion that “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” - West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
This is very interesting site... » »
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