Despite the fact that it's February and we are now a little bit closer to spring, I learned of two art events in the past week that have me feeling rather blue. First, a leading figure in the conceptual art world that not so many may know but whom I was fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with passed away. Dennis Oppenheim was a pioneer in the land and body art movements of the 1960s as well as a key figure in the realm of public art, both commissions and controversies. I encourage you to read more about him and his art world contributions here.
|Above the Wall of Electrocution, 1989,||courtesy the artist's website|
Then, more bad news, as picked up by the Louisville Courier-Journal, although not wholly unexpected given today's economic woes: members of Congress have proposed to cut federal funding for the arts and culture.
In addition to "thinking spring," I would like to remind art lovers about the importance of staying informed concerning developments that could potentially have a profound effect on you and our collective arts futures. The good news: you can get more information about arts advocacy by visiting the Americans for the Arts website.