Gray Beauty (art)

September 28, 2014

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Turner Prize for Art – Protest!

September 28, 2014


if the TURNER PRIZE was interested in new art, they’d be interested in the backlash against the old art that is going on now. – Art S Rev.

The Tate Britain is celebrating it’s 30th year of awarding the TURNER PRIZE to young artists, with an exhibit of those artists on the short list. The exhibit starts on September 30, and runs through January 4th of next year.

The prize, by me and many other artists is considered not only trendy and silly, but out of touch of new developments in the arts that they claim they are supporting!

Leading the fight are the STUCKISTS, a group of artists from all over the world. For years they have protested the Turner Prize. This year, their protest is no protest – they feel that the Turner doesn’t even deserve their attention. This is a quote from a leaflet they will be handing out in front of the Tate:

“We regret there will be no Stuckist demonstration against the Turner Prize at Tate Britain this year, due to the fact that the Prize has sunk to a predictable and pathetic level of elitist repetition that is not worth bothering about.

The Turner Prize has a personal interest for me, because it led to what I call the ‘end of Modern Art’ moment. Here is what happened.


THE LAST MINUTE OF MODERN ART (This is a reprint from Musea #108 about the exact moment when modern art ended on 1/08/02.
Can CONCEPTUAL ART be used to end the abuses of conceptual art? It all began this way. I was walking home from a taco place and thinking about Martin Creed and his Art Prize. He won the annual Turner Prize that goes to the best art work from a British artist younger than 50. The prize was a check for $31,500 that was handed to him by Madonna.

And what was his art? Now this is hard to even say – even let the words sputter out of my mouth. The reason being I, too, am an artist. I have been one for decades, have studied and copied the masters, done work in almost every media (pencil, acrylics, and colored pencils are my favorites). And I worked hard to have some scope to my art whether portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, or just about everything in between. I love the stuff. I breathe art. I love to know everything there is to know about art and artists.

So what was HIS art? He got the yard-wide novelty check from Madonna (representing a couple years of my income) for his exhibit of flashing light bulbs in an empty room! (His previous works include a scrunched-up piece of paper and a ball of clay stuck to a wall). British art curator Simon Wilson notes: “He wants to make art where he is doing as little as possible that is consistent with doing something. The fact that many people find his work so baffling indicates that he’s working on the edge.”

Oh I see. Now I am getting it. Now I am figuring out the “NEW” rules. Creed himself comments, “If I can make something without adding any objects, I feel more comfortable.”

And then it DAWNED ON ME. I would bring modern art to its end. I would suggest the ultimate. The ultimate in baffling minimalism. I would get the ‘plastic’ check from Madonna.

So on TUESDAY 1/08/02, at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I, Tom Hendricks, was walking home from the taco place, I took art to its ultimate. This was the last minute of modern art. It could go no further. Where Creed had flashing lights in an empty room, I would … IMAGINE A GALLERY IN MY MIND THAT WOULD HAVE NO LIGHTS ON AT ALL! And that moment marked the end of modern art.


Tate Museum – Turner Prize


Art Revolution in Painting

Sweater off the Shoulder Beauty (art)

September 26, 2014

Photo 1

Zine World (song about zines)

September 25, 2014
Zine World

Zine World Zine World, Zine World,
Doug is working overtime

Zine World, Zine World
he and his crew don’t make a dime but
They’ll bring to you an anthology
Of 100’s of reviews of 100’s of zines in
Zine World, Zine World, la la la la la la la.

Zine World, Zine World 
Spreading like a Godzilla rampage
Zine World, Zine World
The underground press is all the rage so 
Buy a copy and only send cash
We’ll separate the wheat from the shaft in
Zine World, Zine World la la la la la la la.

Zine World, Zine World
All you zinesters send in your zines
Zine World, Zine World
We’ll take a look and say which stink
Then you pick your favorites, you make the call
take your world with a grain of alt and
Zine World, Zine World, la la la la la la la.

tmh music – Musea music

Banned Book Week? Thousands of Zines Should Be At The Top of the List

September 25, 2014

Banned Book Week ? Thousands of Zines Should Be at the Top of the List

This week is Banned Book Week:
Wikipedia says: Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals …

Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by prominent First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug. It is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress….

It has been held during the last full week of September since 1982. Banned Books Week not only encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, but also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores.

CHALLENGE LITERARY WORKS??? What about a challenged genre of thousands of books!!!!

The real banned books are zines.
Most publishing in the 1990’s was zines,
The best literature was zines,
A new type of literature was zines that combined book making, art, and lit.

But you won’t see zines in any book show – Zines were not major corporations, they were not mass produced (they were produced in limited copies) and they were as often traded for other zines, as sold. They were marginalized by the mainstream – even though they were most of the publishing, and the most innovative of publishing. Wherever you see, hear, or read a review of the latest novel now, you should have seen, heard or read about reviews of a zines.

Zines were exploding in the early nineties. Desk top publishing and copy stores allowed anyone to make and publish their writings on anything. Zinesters popped out of every city and began to share their work with others. This was the literature of an entire generation.

But where was the media? They still haven’t covered this golden age of writing – and, as we see now, it was the last golden age of literature before the internet – that’s a big deal.

Imagine a generation’s total literary output treated like the Thought Police treated facts in the novel 1984. That’s what happened to zines. This was not a case of banning one person’s writings – this was banning an entire generation of writers – that even now have not been recognized.
Zines, or the desktop explosion from late 80’s for a decade or so, produced not only great writing, but great book making and illustration tied in with that writing. It was the first literature that included bookmaking as part of the achievement. It was the best writing of the 90’s.

So to counteract that bizarre lack of coverage of zines, in 1996, I began the Zine Hall of Fame – an ongoing place to celebrate many of the best zines. Over the years new inductees have entered it’s halls.

I invite you, reader, to enter them too, and peruse a time of very great writers and writing, and publishing, and book making – all the things that zines and zinesters did and did better than any other generation in history.

This link takes you to zinewiki, an encyclopedia of zines, plus the Musea Zine Hall of Fame page


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